03. A Life-Saving Cow
Six consecutive days of spring rain had created
raging river running by Nancy Brown’s farm. As
tried to herd her cows to higher ground,
slipped and hit her head on a fallen
trunk. The fall knocked her out for a
or two. When she came to, Lizzie, one
her oldest and favorite cows, was licking her
. The water was rising. Nancy got up and
walking slowly with Lizzie. The water was now
high. Nancy’s pace got slower and slower. Finally,
she could do was to throw her arm
Lizzie’s neck and try to hang on. About
minutes later, Lizzie managed to successfully pull herself
Nancy out of the raging water and onto
bit of high land, a small island now
the middle of acres of white water.
it was about noon, the sky was so
and the rain and lightning so bad that
took rescuers another two hours to discover Nancy.
helicopter lowered a paramedic, who attached Nancy to
life-support hoist. They raised her into the helicopter
took her to the school gym, where the
Cross had set up an emergency shelter.
flood subsided two days later, Nancy immediately went
to the “island.” Lizzie was gone. She was
of 19 cows that Nancy lost. “I owe
life to her,” said Nancy sobbingly.