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Neighbor helps woman after gruesome injury mowing lawn

Ginger Phelps suffered a broken leg in two places and needed nearly two dozen staples after a freak accident mowing the lawn. She turned to CASH FOR KINDNESS to recognize a neighbor who helped her. (Photo: SBG San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO - Ginger Phelps takes great pride with having a fresh cut lawn.

"It's hard work," the 58-year-old said. “I usually map out which section I'm going to cut first and just tackle it."

But one hot day last Summer, pride turned to pain.

"I got off balance, tripped somehow," she explained.

The retired nurse lost her footing on the sloping backyard of her Mustang Valley home on the far Northeast Side.

"All I knew what to do was yell out!" she told Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf.

X-rays would later reveal two broken bones in her leg. Her foot was dislocated and faced the wrong way.

"I had severe pain," she recalled. "I was panicking. I was freaking out. Am I going to die?"

Phelps didn't have a cell phone on her at the time. So she screamed "help” and “call 9-1-1!”

It lasted for probably ten minutes or more, but to Phelps, it felt like an eternity. Luckily, a neighbor finally heard her desperate shrieks and got her the necessary help.

They haven’t seen each other since the freak accident last August. That is until Phelps reached out to Fox San Antonio’s CASH FOR KINDNESS.

Cody Pew was surprised inside Phelps’ house. The 25-year-old construction manager, who recently moved here from Arizona, was caught completely off-guard.

"I was so scared,” she told him while crying. “You saved my life. And I just wanted to thank you.”

Pew shook her hand and said “I was glad I could be there for you."

Wolf asked him if it was instinct that kicked in when he heard the screaming?

"Oh yeah,” he recalled. “You've got to be a good person. If someone needs help I would hope if I was in that situation that someone would be there to help me."

He shared what happened the day he helped.

"My wife and I live on the next street over, and so we were walking out to the truck to take my wife to work and we heard someone screaming,” he said. “It sounded pretty bad. We started coming up to the side yard and we saw her crawling out of the side fence there and so we called 9-1-1 and got the ambulance here for her."

Wolf asked him to put out his hand to accept the CASH FOR KINDNESS award. He counted the money aloud.

“A thousand dollars!” he said with a smile. “You didn't have to that.”

It'll soon be one year since the gruesome injury. Phelps’ healing is almost over. But much like the scar left on her leg, she said there will be a permanent place in her heart for a neighbor who showed he cared.

"Everyone needs to be nice to each other,” Pew said. “A little more kindness in this world."

Click here to nominate someone for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award.

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