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It’s a phrase we throw around a lot: the good Samaritan. First mentioned in the Bible story where a man from Samaria stopped to help a wounded traveler, it’s taken on the new meaning for an all-around do-gooder, someone who helps without expecting anything in return. For John Smyth, however, three good Samaritans came to help him when he was in trouble on the roads.
John was driving down Interstate 65 last week. en route to visit his daughters in Kentucky, when his hands and forearms started going numb. Then, as he got closer to the Tennessee state line, he started feeling tightness in his chest. At first he thought it was just indigestion, but his wife, Denise, noticed his skin was going grey, John told the Decatur Daily.
As John pulled off to the side of the road, Denise called 911. Then she called friends and family members who could start praying.
“Denise, taking inventory, and against my protest, called 911, got out of the car, and fearing the worst, got some prayer chains going, and that’s when ‘God things’ started happening,” John wrote on Facebook.
Soon enough, another driver stopped to help John, even offering John his own nitroglycerin pill. Then the sheriff stopped to help. Then a cardiac nurse from Huntsville Hospital came on the scene and gave John some aspirin — something the sheriff happened to have on him — to chew.
All of this happened within minutes of John pulling over. That means there were three people who happened to be traveling on the same road at the same time who had some level of experience with heart problems.
“My thanks goes out to each of you that helped us and those who are caring for us even now, my wife for her loving disposition and being the little general, for my kids who drove down from Louisville & Wisconsin, for loving friends, and for a real God whose timing is impeccable and who evidently isn’t through with me yet,” John wrote on Facebook. “I hope God is real in your life, too.”
John is expected to make a full recovery and says he is humbled by the whole experience.
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