Sharon Lizcano Tellez, one of our Au Pairs from Colombia
, bravely saved one of her 8-month old host child from a distracted driver during a routine walk with the children. Sharon was crossing a street at a cross walk in her neighborhood in Philadelphia when she realized the van coming on their direction would not stop oin time. Sharon reacted quickly, and protected one of the babies by shifting her body and absorbing the brunt of the impact on her left side. Luckily the second baby was not hit. Sharon was sent to the nearby CVS minute clinic and later to the ER for scans and x-rays. We are so happy to report that Sharon is doing better and fortunately, aside from some cuts and bruises, no one else was injured.
Everyone was impressed with her heroic act but those who know Sharon were not surprised. “Sharon is a very loving and caring Au Pair with a lot of experience. I am not surprised that she saved my child’s life because [that’s] the type of the person Sharon is. We are extremely lucky to have her as a nanny for our kids and as a family member as well,” shared Sharon's host mom Mrs. Walker.
Needless to say Sharon’s family is very thankful and is looking forward to spending both years of Sharon’s J-1 Au Pair visa
with her. In her short time as an Au Pair for the Walker Family, Sharon has developed a special connection with her family and the children she cares for. She says that the babies were so little and vulnerable that she didn’t hesitate to offer herself as a shield, “A protective feeling grew inside me. In the time I’ve spent with these babies I have learned to understand them and love them as my own. They arouse, in my heart, this special motherly feeling [and all I want is to] take care of them as my own sons. I feel like I am part of this family, they are concerned about my feelings. I am very happy with my decision and thank God that [He] has guided me through my steps”
What a story! It illustrates the whole purpose of the Au Pair program, which is to build long lasting relationships that go beyond child care responsibilities. Go Au Pair is extremely impressed and value Sharon’s great courage.
Posted: 5/22/2012 3:11:14 PM