Bailey Vardanega was driving along an Oregon highway one night when she saw a panicked man flagging down drivers. He was a father, and his 2-year-old son had fallen into an irrigation canal.
She pulled over, ran across four lanes of traffic and jumped in to save the child.
“I’m grateful that I reacted,” Bailey said. “I’m grateful I got to listen to God and have Him tell me what to do and have the opportunity to save someone. … God’s in control. He had me in the right place at the right time, and I allowed Him to use my body as he needed.”
Once in the water, Bailey pulled the child to safety as his father looked on. His grandmother was watching him, but somehow the toddler escaped without her noticing. Bailey pulled him to the shore where he coughed up water but was breathing fine.
Bailey has two children of her own, and said she’s always in mom mode.
“You don’t think twice on those things,” Bailey said. “It’s not what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to help one another, especially the innocent that don’t know. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”
The boy is fine, but his grandmother was charged with child neglect for leaving him unattended.
Bailey was hailed a hero, and credits God for putting her in the right place at the right time.