A 28-year-old woman saved her mother’s life when she pushed her out of the path of an oncoming train in Georgia while the pair were on vacation.
Katie Wenszell of Wisconsin was at a MARTA train station in Atlanta on Sunday when a stranger pushed her mother, Susan Wenszell, onto the tracks and she jumped down to rescue her.
Katie attempted to drag her unconscious mother, who was knocked out by the fall, out of the train’s path, but both of them were hit. Katie took the brunt of the impact and suffered brain damage.
She reportedly had to have part of her foot amputated and remains in critical condition. She will have to undergo several more surgeries, according to her family.
“Susan’s injuries are not as [severe] thanks to Katie moving her off the tracks,” a GoFundMe started for the family read.
Susan suffered a concussion, a hairline fracture and a fractured elbow but has since been released from the hospital, the family also said.
“Had Katie not jumped onto the tracks, Sue would not be here. My wife would have been coming home in a box, quite literally,' Jerry Wenszell, Katie’s dad, told Channel 2 Action News.
Christopher Brooklin, who did not know the mother or daughter, has been arrested in connection with the attack. He is charged with aggravated assault and battery in a public transit station.
It’s not clear what motivated the alleged assault, but MARTA police said Brooklin appeared to have "some diminished mental capacity."
The GoFundMe for the family has raised nearly $30,000.