9-Year-Old Blocks Her Sister From Being Hit By A Truck—And Loses Her Leg

Thu, March 17, 2011 5:25pm EDT by 7 Comments

Anaiah Rucker took sisterly love to the next level when she saved her 5-year-old sibling from an impact that would have killed her—and loses her leg in the process.

Truly an incredible story of a brave little girl. Brave 9-year-old Anaiah Rucker and her 5-year-old sister Camry were crossing the street on a rainy morning to catch the school bus last month as a pick up truck came barrelling towards them. That’s when Anaiah pushed Camry out of the way and took the brunt of the hit—leaving her with major injuries.

“I saw the truck and I was like, ‘No!’ ” Andrea Taylor, the girls’ mother who was watching from her porch, tells ABC affiliate WSBTV of Madison, Georgia. “I seen my daughter kinda snatch my 5-year-old back, and if it wasn’t for that, my 5-year-old would have … I don’t think she would have made it.”

Anaiah nearly died from her injuries, which included two broken legs — the left leg was amputated — a broken neck, spleen damage and a lost kidney. Just heartbreaking.

“I love her more than anything,” Anaiah explains. “I pushed my sister out of the way so she wouldn’t get hit. I thought she was too young,” she adds. “She’s my sister. I love her.”

The network reports that the driver of the incident was not charged.

Yesterday, March 16, Anaiah was released from the hospital and returned home to a grand welcome by thousands of students, teachers and admirers. Amazing!

–Leigh Blickley

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