The world is always a better place when people like 19-year-old Hana Bignato, who proved that not all heroes wear hats.
Hannah worked her night shift at Joe’s Crab Shack in Daytona Beach, Florida.
As night falls, Hanna remembers hearing a woman screaming for help from the beach below, and the voices of people screaming through the chaos.
Screaming was a frantic mother whose young son was caught in the middle of a heavy meltdown. Hanna looked down from the sidewalk and realized no one was actually trying to save the boy.
“I saw the mother screaming and crying. Just hearing her scream terrified me. Then I saw the little boy… his head kept hanging down,” Hanna Benatto told the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Since Hannah is an experienced swimmer and surfer, she thought she could save him and couldn’t bear to look at such people. Without a moment’s hesitation, she dropped her shoes and jumped off the sidewalk. Unfortunately, something absolutely terrible happened while she was diving. According to Wish, Hanna was hit by a sandbank and fractured her right foot and back. But despite the intense pain, she didn’t stop swimming towards the boy.
“I didn’t want the kid to die. Hanna said he wasn’t a kid, he was 7 and 8, but I mean, that’s human life – you can’t look at that and distract the look.”
The next thing I knew was a stranger watching her on the beach and trying to calm her down. Watch the video below to see how his heroic story unfolded.
Hana has no health insurance and will be in bed for two months.
MIn the meantime, her loved ones have set up a GoFundMe page to assist with her medical bills while she’s out of work.
People are praising Hanna for what she’s done, because not everyone is willing to risk their own life to save someone else’s life. Her family is very proud of her. And it must be said that her mother raised her well.
“She kept saying, ‘I’m sorry, don’t get mad at me,’ and I was like, ‘Hannah, I was trying to save someone,’” Heather Benato said.
Watch the inspiring story in the video below:
Thank you little lady, you showed the world what life is all about, caring for others and offering help when needed.