Saturday, June 25, 2011

College Student Saves a Life

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Danous Estenor may seem like an ordinary student athlete. Even though Estenor does play football for the University of South Florida, what he did recently was anything but ordinary... even for the average Division 1 lineman. tells the story:
"God, bring an angel to my side," prayed the desperate, screaming wife as she struggled to lift a car off of her husband’s chest. "Help me!"

In the parking lot of the Bull's Den Cafe near the University of South Florida, tow truck driver Pedro Arzola, 34, was pinned under the right front tire of a 1990 Cadillac Seville owned by Chris Merrick, a cook at the restaurant.

When preparing to tow the broken-down vehicle to a repair shop, Arzola remembers in a bit of a blur that the car somehow lurched forward, knocking him down.

It dragged him about 10 feet, one tire pinning his chest.

His wife, Maria Uribe, was napping in the cab of her husband’s truck when it lurched and she suddenly heard shouting.

It was "like a horror movie," she told the Tampa Times.

She leaped out and futilely began trying to help Merrick and dishwasher Marcus Baker lift the car off of her husband. She screamed for help. They couldn’t lift the 3,500-pound Cadillac.

Maria says she called out to God for what "in Spanish, we say, 'milagro.'" A miracle. She desperately needed a miracle. "There was a lot of blood," Maria told the Times.

College student Danous Estenor pulled into the restaurant parking lot. He was hungry, he remembers, but for some unknown had an extra urgency that evening to go to the cafe. He shrugs, unable to explain it.

In the parking lot, the communications major heard Maria screaming for help.

"I could just see his legs," remembers Estenor, 21, the son of immigrants from Haiti. "The car is crushing him. He's not moving. I'm thinking, 'Oh, God, this guy is going to die.'"
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Remember, we never know how God might work through us until we step out in faith and trust Him to do the seemingly impossible.

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