The story shared by this young Lyft driver is proof that sometimes things fall into place simply because we happen to be in the right place at the right moment.
Ashton Mazyck from Worcester is a behavioral therapist who works with children during the day and drives at night for Lyft, trying to earn some extra money. On a chilly night, after dropping off a fare, he was on his way home when he saw a startling scene.
At about 3 AM, after parking in the car lot of his building, he noticed what looked like a tiny animal shivering through the lobby door in the bitter cold. Getting closer, however, Ashton was speechless when the presumed tiny animal turned out to be a 2-year-old girl crying and shivering.
Ashton called his mother Vida Mazyck instantly, who also lived in the building, and asked her to bring a blanket.
Vida said that they took the tiny child inside the building and tried to warm her up immediately. They also called to report the incident to the Worcester Police. She said,
“Her feet were numb. I kept saying, ‘Does this hurt?’ And she couldn’t feel me rubbing her feet.”
When the Worcester Police arrived on the scene, the 2-year-old was immediately rushed to a hospital.
According to police reports, her grandmother was watching the child while her mom was working the night shift. The child had slipped out of the house somehow while the grandmother was asleep.
When Ashton discovered her, the little girl was huddled next to the main entrance of the building, barefoot and covered in salt and ice.
“I don’t know how long she was out there, but I’m just definitely thankful, you know, that I was there when I was.”
Vida is usually not keen on her son having to work such late shifts, but she was certainly happy that this time, he was in the right place at the right time.
Thanks to Ashton, he quickly became a guardian angel of young girls, and her family is forever grateful for him and his mother.
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