Shoals nurse rescues man lying in ditch all night

Shoals nurse rescues man lying in ditch all night
Tonya White rescued J.B. after she saw him lying in a ditch while on her way to work at North Alabama Medical Center. (Source: North Alabama Medical Center)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - A man was in desperate need of medical attention when a passerby came to his rescue. That person just happened to work in the exact place he needed to go.

North Alabama Medical Center gave their employee a shoutout and posted about the whole thing on Facebook.

According to the hospital, Tonya White, a registered nurse, was driving to work Wednesday morning when she saw an unusual car on the side of the road. She took a second look and noticed someone was lying in the ditch. She soon discovered he had been there all night long, according to the hospital.

Friends and family of the man say he was heading to church in Columbia, Tennessee night but must have become disoriented.

“I called out to him and he answered me. I called 911 and then my husband to bring down blankets,” said White. “I stayed at the scene until help arrived. I wanted to make sure he was OK.”

NAMC Nurse Finds Man in Ditch Tonya White, RN was driving to work Wednesday morning when she saw an unusual car on the...

Posted by North Alabama Medical Center on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Paramedics brought the man, called, J.B., to North Alabama Medical Center for an evaluation. According to the hospital, he actually ended up being admitted to White’s floor.

“This is a Thanksgiving we’ll never forget,” said J.B.'s friend, Joe. “We wanted to meet her and thank her. It’s truly heroic. Thanks to Tonya’s awareness and quick thinking, we have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.”

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