BUFFALO, NY - It was a warm August day when Jacob Murphy, his brother Jonah and a friend were riding bikes. As Jacob crossed Niagara Falls Boulevard, he was hit by a car. At that very moment, Nurse, Stacey Bastian happened to be driving through the intersection. She'd been running about 45 minutes late from work. That delay put here at that very spot at that very moment.
Stacey, with some help from others, checked on Jacob. He was not breathing. He did not have a pulse. Stacey went to work doing CPR on the teenager, until he began to breathe on his own. Stacey was so focused at first, she didn't realize that she knew the child she had just saved.
When Jacob's father, Mike Murphy arrived, it all came together. The families know each other well.
Jacob was taken to Women and Children's Hospital with a badly broken leg and severe head injuries. He remained in ICU for 34 days before being moved to another floor. In early October he was moved to the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh where he is being treated for a traumatic brain injury. Mike says his son is a fighter and his condition does continue to improve, but he adds it will be a very long road.
At least one of Jacob's parents, Mike and Adria are with him 24 hours a day. They're employers have been wonderful and friends and family have been incredible.
Mike Murphy says he could never thank Stacey for saving her child. He calls her Jacob's Guardian Angel. He wants to thank the entire community for their support and prayers.
Jacob is a Sweet Home High School Student and Mike works in the Amherst school district and both are coming together for a huge fundraiser. It is a Chiavetta's BBQ chicken dinner and it will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 4-8 at Amherst High School.
The Buffalo Philharmonic has also decided to give a portion of their Holiday Pop Sales Concert to the Murphy family. You can order tickets at 885-5001. If you do, just indicate you want the Murphy Benefit to get credit.
There will also be a fundraiser on December 18th at 7pm at Sweet Home High School. It will be a Staff vs Sabres Alumni basketball game.