In a world where happy events can turn tragic, as with the Boston Marathon, recognizing the healing power of kindness and compassion has become even more important. For that reason, Dr. Mehmet Oz devoted his October 1 talk show to celebrating how a stranger recently reached out and saved the life of a New York City tourist.
Dr. Oz emphasized that when disaster strikes, we all have the potential to become heroes - and when something happens to someone else, we also can all become healers.
"Absolutely no one is too ordinary to be a hero," says Dr. Oz. And on the October 1 episode, Dr. Oz made that point with Siân Green, the British tourist who was hit by a taxicab on her visit to New York City. As the result of a heroic plumber, Dave Justino, she survived the accident.
Dr. Oz reunited her with Dave for the first time on his show, reported the Daily News on September 30. And the good Samaritan plumber was humble when she thanked him.
“You don’t have to say thank you,” Dave said. “I tried. I wasn’t even thinking … I just saw you there and the only thing I had was my belt and that’s what I needed.”
Since losing her lower leg, Siân faces a recovery process that Dr. Oz emphasizes will be facilitated by the compassion and care of her family and friends. He also noted the holistic impact of pain, and the young woman admitted that her pain on losing her leg was both emotional and physical. But she is hopeful about her life and future.
In his blog, Dr. Oz wrote: "Dave is an inspiration to me. His example reminds us all that we are not alone in moments of crisis. If you ever need proof of human goodness, remember the people who opened their doors or handed out free soup and sandwiches to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Think of people who hurried to pull victims from the rubble after a building collapsed in Philadelphia in June. Look to the elementary school clerk who fearlessly talked down an armed shooter in Georgia before he could hurt a single student."
And although most of us get immersed in minor incidents throughout the day, Dr. Oz says that it's important to "remember that when it comes down to it, kindness is our best defense against disaster."