What would you do if you saw someone lying on the ground, unable to get up in the middle of a busy road? Would you stop your car and risk your safety to help them or would you continue driving?
Mariam Roya recently found herself faced with this very situation and her reaction has caught the attention of thousands online.
Roya was driving in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, when she came across a man in the middle of the street.
Roya told Global News that she was leaving a store when she noticed an elderly man in the middle of the road. Cars were slowing down, but only to avoid hitting him.
“People were bypassing him, just putting on their signal … I didn’t understand what was going on. As I could see that he was trying to struggle to get up, that was my main [concern],” she said.
Roya approached the man and helped him into her car. She learned that his name was Sid, he was 80 years old, and he didn’t have a permanent address.
She also noticed that he had a gash on his face and needed treatment for it.
Roya convinced Sid to let her take him to the hospital.
Feel so upset today, as I was driving around running errands witnessed right on king George and 72 was an 80 old man on…
Initially Roya told Sid they needed to call an ambulance to transport him to the hospital, but he told her he was scared of sirens. So, the two drove to the hospital in her car.
When they arrived at the emergency room, Roya was again surprised by people’s lack of compassion.
At first the receptionist told Roya to take a number for Sid and wait their turn.
“NO I will not make this fragile human wait for care when he’s bleeding so either you attend to him right now or I’ll make a big fuss in here,” she recalled saying.
Over the course of several hours Roya continued to check on Sid.
For those asking for updates on Sid: he’s doing very well and recovery is good so far but keep him in your prayers!💕🙏🏻
In one of several posts Roya shared on Facebook, she described how at first the hospital paid very little attention to Sid. At one point they even questioned why she cared about a man she didn’t even know.
“BECAUSE HE IS A HUMAN BEING AND HE MATTERS!!” was her response.
Despite initial inaction, Sid eventually received the care he needed.
Another reason I hate the health care in BC: Syd admitted to surrey memorial 11am this morning – payed him a visit at…
Thankfully, after a frustrating few first hours in the hospital, Sid received the treatment he needed and according to Roya his doctors were working on getting him into a home where he could continue to receive the long-term care he needs.
Roya intends to keep in contact with her new friend, Sid.
This is last update I will put up for Sid! Rest assured he’s doing well and his doctors are working on getting him in to a care home so he can get long term medical attention that he needs! Thank u all for sharing this story and I hope next time someone is in need of help, we all will jump in and do our part as this was the message I wanted to get out to the public!! I’m not the hero in this – Syd is a true Hero in my eyes and I hope no one will go through this again!! The worse part of this story is location – king George and 72 ave is one of the busiest intersections in surrey so I don’t understand how so many people just simply flashed their signals and changed lanes to pass Sid hopelessly on the street in the rain!! If any of you want to visit Sid please inbox me and I will give you information about where he is staying! 🙏🏻💕✨ much love to you all!!✨
Posted by Mariam Roya on Sunday, March 11, 2018
Although Roya’s Facebook posts have garnered thousands of shares and comments, she insists it’s not because she sought recognition for a good deed.
“The reason I posted it public was to make everyone realize how cruel and unkind people could be to drive by this poor human and also to draw attention to fight for a better medical care system at hospitals!” she wrote.
She also hopes that others will see Sid’s story and be inspired to help others in need.
“When you know someone needs the help, regardless of who it is, just reach out and help,” she said. “If we all just did our part, half the world’s problems would be gone.”