Stranger Sees Smoking Car on Highway, Saves Mom with Daughter in Tow After Brain Surgery

February 25, 2019 Updated: March 6, 2019

We’ve all experienced those days when everything feels in disarray. Just when we feel that things couldn’t get worse, another misfortune strikes, leaving us wondering where we’re headed to. It was just one of those days for a woman from Laurel, Delaware, and she would have had a hard time making it through if it weren’t for the timely assistance from one good Samaritan.

Amanda Fessler’s daughter, Mikayla, had undergone an intense frontal lobe brain surgery at a Delaware hospital and had recently been discharged.

Moreover, Fessler had just lost her aunt, and had to go to Pennsylvania to attend the funeral before picking up her daughter.

Posted by Mikayla Johnson on Sunday, 3 July 2016

After a long and weary day, she was back on the road, taking her daughter back home, when her car began to give up on her.

She was in the middle of a highway when her car began smoking.

She told Delaware Online: “I was able to get the car off the road in between three lanes of traffic to my left and merging traffic to my right. So, not the best spot. We were staring at the 1-mile exit for Bear when we called for a tow truck.”

Mikayla and I would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It's been a very long difficult couple of…

Posted by Amanda Fessler on Thursday, 29 November 2018

The tow truck managed to haul the car off the road and dropped Fessler and Mikayla to a hotel nearby. Though it was not the appropriate place to be in post-surgery, Fessler was left with no alternative.

The next day, Fessler’s fiancé had to call Uber twice to get to Auto Zone for a new serpentine belt.

“The first trip there we got the wrong belt,” recalled Fessler. “After getting the correct belt, we struggled to get the old shredded one off the car.”

Fessler was left feeling shattered as her hotel’s checkout time was drawing near and Mikayla desperately needed to get home to recover. That was when Donta Thompson, the hotel’s chief engineer, came out to save the day.

Thompson was on his way to Home Depot to get a faucet when he happened to notice the family struggling. He immediately went to the hotel and arranged for the family to have a late checkout. Then he arrived at where the car was parked and got to work.

He was able to easily guide the family on how to remove the old belt.

“He then put the new serpentine belt on for us and instructed us to add more antifreeze so we would not overheat on the way home. With his help, we were able to make it home safely and my daughter was finally able to get the rest she needed to recover.”

In the midst of all the craziness on Monday, with my Aunt's funeral, my daughter being discharged from A I DuPont…

Posted by Amanda Fessler on Thursday, 22 November 2018

Thompson, who loves being an unofficial car mechanic, was only doing what he felt compelled to do in his heart. But little did he know that his kind deed that day would have meant so much for the hurting mother.

Fessler felt so indebted that she took to Facebook and wrote her account, in the hopes of getting back to him.

“He not only offered his tools, he came in and saved the day. Not many people would have been so generous and rushed to the aid to help others.”

Posted by Amanda Fessler on Tuesday, 29 May 2018

A couple of days later, Thompson was alerted to the post as his kind act garnered more than 5,000 positive reactions.

Thompson says he likes to help fix people’s vehicles. “I do it all the time,” he said. “I try to help.”

Posted by Amanda Fessler on Monday, 23 July 2018

Folks like Thompson, who don’t think twice when it comes to offering a helping hand, are what this world needs more of.

After all, you never know whose day you’ll end up bringing light and hope to. Donta Thompson was clearly an angel in disguise that day.