Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Has 5 Kids, No Health Insurance

Now Danielle Hagmann is hoping for some Good Samaritans of her own
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2017 12:07 PM CDT
Good Samaritan Loses Legs While Aiding Crashed Driver
Danielle Hagmann lost both legs after stopping to help a crashed motorist Sunday in Florida. She has mounting medical bills and no health insurance.   (GoFundMe)

A Good Samaritan who lost both her legs while helping a crashed motorist is now hoping for a few Good Samaritans of her own. A woman lost control of her car on the interstate shortly before 3am Sunday in Florida, crashing into a guardrail, WFTX reports. Danielle Hagmann of Fort Myers saw the accident and stopped to help. Her father, Steven Berkowitz, tells the News-Press "it's not in her nature" to not offer help when it's needed. And despite what happened next, he says Hagmann "does not regret stopping." While Hagmann was helping the woman, another driver slammed into the crashed car, pinning Hagmann against the guardrail. Hagmann lost both legs—one just above the knee and the other mid-thigh—and remains in intensive care.

The 30-year-old massage therapist didn't qualify for health insurance at work and hadn't signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Berkowitz estimates that his daughter's medical bills and prosthetic costs will total $1 million over the next year and $2 million for the rest of her life. Hagmann and her wife also have five children, including three foster children, and her future as a massage therapist is very much in doubt. Her family has set up two GoFundMe pages to raise money for her medical care. As of this writing, they've received about $18,000 in total donations. The other two people involved in the crashes escaped with minor injuries. An investigation into the second crash is ongoing. (Read more Good Samaritan stories.)

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