Hero waitress, 19, breaks her BACK jumps 20 feet from a pier to save a child from drowning in the rip stream, and is now struggling to cover hospital bills because she has no insurance
- Hanna Pignato, 19, from Daytona Beach, Florida, witnessed a young boy struggling in a stream of her job at a restaurant on the pier and asking her to take action so early
- The waitress ran to the edge of the pier and jumped 20 feet into the surf below, but she was wrong in the depth and hit a sandbank that breaks her back and foot
- She continued her way to the eight-year-old boy, but both he and Pignato were finally rescued from the water after the ordeal
- A GoFundMe page hopes to raise $ 75,000 for her treatment because she has no health insurance
A waitress in Florida suffered a broken back and foot after jumping 20 meters from a pier to save a young boy trapped in the power surge.
Hanna Pignato, 19, broke her back in three places and the heel of her foot after jumping off Main Street Pier in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday night after seeing a mother desperately trying to get help for her son.
& # 39; She shouted Bloody Mary like, just shout like, I could just hear the fear in her eyes, & # 39; Pignato told WESH 2 News about the moment. & # 39; And I was scared. Everyone was scared. & # 39;
The eight-year-old boy was separated from a boogie board and was increasingly pulled away by the surge of electricity.
Hanna Pignato, 19, only thought of the safety of a young boy when she hurried to jump into the waters of Daytona Beach, Florida, when she herself was badly injured by hitting a shallow sandbar after her jump
Pignato suffered fractures in three places on her back as well as a fracture on the heel of her foot
Pignato, who worked on the roof of Joe's Crab Shack, the eatery that sits on the pier itself, walked down the stairs to the pier, put down her phone, and jumped 20 feet into the water.
& # 39; Exactly when I jumped, I was like, I finished, like, exactly when I reached the bottom floor, it was about two meters, three feet, & # 39; she said as she hit the shallow sandbar.
An experienced surfer and swimmer, Pignato says, may have misjudged the depth of the water due to the rough surf.
Pignato was torn when she told the screams of the mother whose son was dragged away by the current
The nineteen-year-old worked as a waitress on the roof of Joe's Crab Shack on Main Street Pier in Daytona Beach, Florida, when she saw the boy in trouble
She jumped 20 feet from the pier into shallow water and possibly went into the depth due to the roughness of the surf
The young woman's GoFundMe wants to raise $ 75,000 for the waitress without health insurance because she cannot work for months with her injuries
Despite her painful injuries, Pignato continued to swim towards the child until another swimmer could reach him. She had to be helped out of the surf herself.
While her own rescue attempt failed, the eight-year-old boy was finally saved and Pignato had considered the child's family when she made her quick decision.
& # 39; I know what it's like not to have my family, & # 39; she said, choking. & # 39; I didn't want her to go through that. I'm just happy and grateful. & # 39;
The GoFundMe page that is trying to raise $ 75,000 for Pignato states that the 19-year-old service employee has no insurance whatsoever.
With her injuries and living in a third-floor apartment without a lift, it seems that she will have to miss out on work for months.