On Saturday evening, November 18, 2017, my dear friends Kent and Cassandra Anderson stopped to help a young woman whose car had broken down on the edge of a dark, two-lane state highway near their home in Raceland, LA. Wisely, Kent pulled off the roadway while Cassandra stayed in the car. As he spoke with the driver at the front of her car, another motorist, driving nearly 55mph and without insurance, slammed into the stranded car which then struck both Kent and the other woman.
Both were injured with Kent sustaining a dangerous impact to his head that caused bleeding on his brain and major fractures to his sternum, ribs, right shoulder, arm, and wrist.
After being transported first to the nearest hospital and then by helicopter to the Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center in New Orleans, Kent’s head injury resolved itself within a few hours. This was a terrifying experience for Cassandra. Kent spent several weeks in the hospital.
Once he was stabilized, orthopedic surgeons focused on repairing Kent’s shattered body, using metal plates, screws, and other medical devices.
This has been and is going to be a long road to recovery for Kent. Where you can help is standing up for what’s right and what’s wrong.
What’s right is that Kent and Cassandra stopped to help a young woman in need. What’s wrong is that they shouldn’t continue to suffer physically, psychologically, and financially because of their choice to help someone.
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The first question, which the priest and the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the Good Samaritan reversed the question, ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
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