Emily Attard.
Emily Attard. Contributed

Robbed crash hero keeps giving - this time to sick baby

A YOUNG woman who pulled over to help an elderly car crash victim and had her handbag stolen has asked that a stranger who offered to repay her lost money instead give it to meningococcal baby Finn Smith.

Emily Attard's heart-warming story of goodwill just gets better.

"Amazing," was how the car crash victim herself described Emily's selfless offer.

"She's an exceptional young lady, she's just great."

The two were reunited for a private catch-up late yesterday.

Emily, of Caloundra, is only 18 but her actions are setting an example for the rest of the community.

"I feel really good," she said. "It's nice of people to want to give that money back.

"But I feel bad taking money off a stranger. I do think that little boy needs it more for Christmas."

Emily had left her job early in Brisbane last Wednesday to attend a medical appointment back on the Coast.

At about 3pm, around 10km south of Caloundra, she saw the accident virtually in front of her.

The driver said her car seemed to slip on the highway, causing the rear to crash into a right-hand side guardrail before the car speared across the double lanes and down an embankment.

"I was lucky there were no other cars on the road, and she was there waiting," the relieved driver said.

"I could have died on the spot from shock.''

Emily comforted the woman as emergency services worked to free her. She later collected the driver's belongings and dropped them back to her Currimundi home.

Her own missing handbag was later found in bushes near a Cotton Tree resort - minus her $35 cash.

How often do you help other people

This poll ended on 28 March 2014.

Current Results

Every chance I get

45%

Depends on the circumstances

51%

Only if I have to

1%

Never, every man for himself

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A mystery man who read about the callous theft offered to repay any money lost.

"She's an upstanding citizen, a bloody nice person. She didn't need to be ripped off," the man said.

"I just want to help her get on with her life. She's a good person - don't stop doing what you're doing.''

While thankful, Emily said she would rather the money go to someone more needy - and baby Finn was an ideal candidate.

The Pacific Paradise 13-month-old is desperately ill in Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital.

"Even if he buys a toy for him, it's only $35. I've seen the photos of him. It's so sad," Emily said.


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