Barrie woman seeks ‘guardian angel’ who may have saved son’s life after scary fall

All Joanne Beckett knows is that stranger is a military medic based in Alberta, and she just wants to say thanks.

A woman is searching for a “guardian angel” who may have saved her son’s life after a terrifying fall at the Elora Gorge last weekend.

On Saturday Joanne Beckett, her two youngest children and her boyfriend were enjoying a walk in the gorge when her son Zakaria, 8, slipped and fell, banging his head on the edge of a rock.

“Mom, my head!” he screamed.

“I turned to see him crawling toward me, his scalp split down the centre, from the forehead right to the back,” Beckett said. over the phone from Barrie.

“At first I thought he’d lost an eye because there was so much blood. Then I saw that his scalp had split open about five centimetres wide and I could see his skull.”

Adrenaline took over. Beckett picked her son up up in her arms and carried him up 60 steps to the top of the gorge where someone called 911.

Zakaria was bleeding badly from a head wound that was 24 centimetres long.

That’s when the guardian angel appeared.

A group had been rappelling nearby and one of them was a member of the armed forces with medical training.

“He was amazing. He just took over the situation,” Becket said of the soldier, who she said was in his mid-to-late 20s.

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