Crash victim reunited with man responsible for saving her life
Dec 15, 2013 03:29 AM
Christina Reeves suffered multiple injuries after falling asleep at the wheel.
Robert Ballow rescued Reeves from a ditch on River Road Thursday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The victim of a serious car crash was reunited with the man responsible for saving her life on Saturday.
Christina Reeves was rescued by Robert Ballow after she fell asleep while driving and plunged into a deep ditch on River Road in Nashville Thursday night
Reeves spent an hour in the ravine, unable to move, until her calls for help were heard by Ballow.
He told News 2 he had just returned to Nashville after finishing his end-of-semester exams Thursday at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and happened to walk outside of his home to hear Reeves' calls for help.
"I live in the country in the middle of nowhere, and if it wasn't me, there wasn't going to be anyone else to go see what it was," he said.
Ballow found Reeves with serious injuries and immediately called 911.
"The car was upside down and smashed. She had pulled herself--she's really incredible. I didn't know how bad she was hurt, but she had pulled herself out of the car, and she was sitting upright and she wasn't moving," he recalled.
The temperatures hovered around freezing, so Ballow put his jacket around Reeves to keep her warm until officials arrived on the scene.
The two were able to reunite at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Saturday, where Ballow also met Reeves' family for the first time.
Her husband, Travis Reeves, was overjoyed to meet Ballow, and told News 2 he considers him a part of the family now.
They gave Ballow a Christmas ornament of an angel because they say he is their angel.
Reeves suffer injuries to her head, back, legs and internal organs. She remains hospitalized in stable condition at Vanderbilt.
Her family has set up a fund for her at area Regions banks.