NORMAN, Okla. – One day last May, 87-year-old Mildred Lambert of Norman was driving down 24th street in Norman.
“That day I had made 4 peach cobblers to deliver to my grandsons birthday party,” Mildred told NewsChannel 4’s Kevin Ogle.
But the next part of her trip she certainly hadn’t counted on that day.
Suddenly her heart stopped beating.
“It’s the electrical system that just shuts down completely. And that’s what happened my heart just shut down,” said Mildred.
Passed out behind the wheel, her car kept traveling. Eventually jumping a curb and mowing down a street sign and running into a tree along 24th.
Across the street at a Sonic, Wanda Henslee saw the whole thing happen and rushed over to help.
Wanda got emergency crews there that rushed Mildred to the hospital where she went into convulsions and her pulse dropped to just 25 beats per minute
Thanks to Wanda, Mildred arrived at the hospital just in time.
On the day we paid it forward, Mildred set it up so Wanda thought they were just meeting for lunch.
But then we showed up with the camera to surprise her.
Something else about Wanda that makes this especially poignant.
She has just been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and her first chemo treatments.
Having seen Pay It Forward before Wanda’s eyes began to well with tears as we walked into the room to surprise her.
Wanda handed her the 400 dollars from Spirit Mortgage and said, “You got me to the hospital to save my life.”
For Wanda a gift from the heart that means so much in these difficult days for her and her family.
“I’m a little overwhelmed this morning,” said Wanda.
When Kevin asked her what she was going to do with the money Wanda said, “I’m gonna use it to help others who are fighting for their lives with breast cancer.”
Despite her own pain and suffering, Wanda Henslee continues to show what it means to pay it forward.
Wanda’s friends and family created a GoFundMe page to help pay medical expenses.