Mariam Roya with man she helped. (Photo: Mariam Roya).

OUR VIEW: Be a good human being, like Roya

Thankfully, we have people like Roya but unfortunately also those who drove by without helping

An elderly man in Surrey might not be alive today if not for a woman who cared to help.

Mariam Roya found the 80-year-old man lying in the middle of a road, bloodied and freezing, while she had been running errands and was leaving the Superstore near King George and 76th Avenue.

She rushed him to Surrey Memorial Hospital. The story has gone viral, with more than 11,000 shares on her first Facebook post.

VIDEO: Woman’s story goes viral after helping bloody senior she found on Surrey street

Roya said she brought him to her car, and realized he had a huge gash on his head and was bleeding all over his face.

“I blasted my heater and told him I’m calling an ambulance, but he refused saying the sirens scare him so I asked him if it’s ok that I drive him to Surrey Memorial and he said ok.

“I drove as fast as I could to get him there and he was shaking saying he’s scared,” she said.

“People were just driving around and passed him like he didn’t exist,” she posted.

Roya’s response to the gentleman’s crisis was heroic, of course.

However, it was also simply the right thing to do and something that should be expected of everyone who comes across an injured person.

That her story has gone “viral” perhaps reaffirms our need to recognize the good that exists in this world.

Thankfully, we do have people like Roya in our world, but unfortunately we also have those who drove by without stopping to help.

What could be so pressing on their “gotta go” schedule, we wonder, that they couldn’t stop to help a bleeding, elderly man?

Shame on you who didn’t help. Where’s your humanity?

Would that Roya had enough heart to go around, but sadly that’s not the case. The elderly fellow was blessed that she crossed his path.

We see her actions as going above and beyond the call of duty, but really, Roya was simply being a good human being.


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