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Mother of 3 rescues elderly man freezing in fatal storm, tends to his wounds for 2 days
Image courtesy GoFundMe / Sha'Kyra Rain Aughtry / Meta

Mother of 3 rescues elderly man freezing in fatal storm, tends to his wounds for 2 days

A woman in Buffalo, New York, rescued a man from a deadly storm that saw over 30 deaths in a short span.

Sha'Kyra Aughtry and her boyfriend spotted Joe White screaming for help while "being blown up and down the street" and decided to take the senior citizen inside to tend to his wounds, along with bathing and feeding him.

"I've had this man since 6:37 yesterday morning," Aughtry said in a Facebook Live video, stating that she believed the man suffered from gangrene and was likely to lose his fingers.

Aughtry also said White was so frozen that she had to blow-dry his hands to detach the bags the man was carrying with him.

The Good Samaritan called authorities, waiting approximately nine hours on the second day for assistance, saying she called authorities at one o'clock, with the video being posted at 9:26 p.m..

"They keep telling me I was on a list. But I don't want to be on no list," Aughtry said. "This man is not about to die over here!" she exclaimed.

After the two-day ordeal, White was finally transported to a Buffalo hospital.

According to a coworker of Joe White, Mr. White is allegedly mentally disabled and "did not understand the true severity of the storm."

"During the December blizzard of 2022, my friend and North Park employee of ~40 years Joe White suffered severe frostbite on his hands," said White's coworker, Chris Dearing.

"Disoriented and crying out for help, he miraculously found himself at the doorstep of Sha'Kyra Rain Aughtry—a total stranger—who put her Christmas plans aside and tended to his wounds the best she could," Dearing wrote on a GoFundMe page asking for $20,000 to cover White's medical bills.

In addition, Dearing posted a separate paged titled "Bless Sha'Kyra Rain Aughtry for Saving Joe's Life" to ask readers to donate upwards of another $20,000 for the hero.

Over $50,000 had been raised for Mr. White at the time of this publication.

"Sha'Kyra did all of this without any thought of reward, but she deserves one, and so does her family. She's a hard-working young mother, and I want to show her at least a fraction of the support she gave my friend Joe," the page for the mother of three reads.

It appears Aughtry will be having a very happy new year for her good deed, garnering over $93,000 in donations at the time of this publication.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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