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When you are stuck in Charlotte traffic it can be a headache, but for one mother this week it was a nightmare as her toddler suffered from an allergic reaction in the back seat.
It was Tuesday night during rush hour. The mom was on I-277, couldn't pull over so she just stopped the car in the middle of the highway. Out of no where a woman yelled to her "do you need help?" And now the mom is searching for the good Samaritan.
Jill Fowler is 8 months pregnant and her daughter Mia looks healthy and happy. But Tuesday her peanut allergy was set off and it was a completely different story.
Life is both precious and fragile.
Mia Fowler at 2 years old knows what put her in a hospital gown Tuesday night--a cookie.
"It's a bad cookie," said Mia.
Her severe peanut allergy was triggered by a cookie she ate just before leaving a friend's house.
"She was drinking a ton of water, but I didn't notice any hives on her so I still felt she was okay," said Jill Fowler, "Maybe just something got caught in her throat."
Fowler, Mia's mom, kept driving home.
"The second I got on to 277 it was exactly 5:30 rush hour and I looked back and she had started drooling and the breathing had gotten a lot more harder for her," said Fowler.
Fowler said she knew that moment she had to pull over but couldn't.
"I stopped my car then and there, put my flashers on, got out," said Fowler.
She was 8 months pregnant walking into oncoming traffic.
"The second I opened the door I heard a woman say, 'Do you need help?' said, Fowler, "And I was like, 'Yes, please.' I was frantic and shaky and I knew that Mia was getting worst by the second."
Fowler said the good Samaritan who helped Mia was middle-aged, taller, slender and had blond hair.
"I kind of blanked. I couldn't remember how to use the epi-pen, how to open the epi-pen and she was so calm. She helped me do everything," said Fowler.
Fowler said the emergency medicine did what it was suppose to and the samaritan said her goodbyes.
"I just got to thinking, how am I going to thank this person that saved Mia's life," said Fowler, "And I was so mad at myself that I didn't ask for her name."
She posted a message to facebook to find the mystery helper.
"I'm determined to find her," said Fowler.
Mia knows what she would say if they do find her.
"Thank you," said Mia.
Jill Fowler said she's looking for a blond woman who drives a gray mini-cooper. If you think you know who that is please reach out on our https://www.facebook.com/#!/WBTVNews3 page or email me directly at email@example.com. Fowler said it's nice to know that there are caring people out there that are still willing to stop.
Monday, October 7 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-10-07 11:29:39 GMT
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