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Woman hailed as hero after saving man from oncoming vehicle in Kuwait

A woman with P.E.I. connections is being called a hero by local media in Kuwait after pushing someone out of the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Denise Birch and her husband, who's from Tyne Valley, live in the Middle East.

Birch, a Christian minister, was driving in Kuwait City when she got a flat tire.

'I thought it was something I would just do from the core of who I am, but I kind of thought about it afterwards, 'What was I thinking?' — Denise Birch

A man pulled over to help, and while they were standing at the side of the road, Birch noticed another vehicle heading straight for them.

Although she doesn't remember what happened, witnesses say Birch pushed the man out of the way.

He caught a glancing blow, while Birch was struck hard by the vehicle.

"By the grace of God, I have no memory of it. And I'm really, really grateful because I think that would freak me out," she said.

"But I know my daughter, she said that she saw us go flying and when she and her friend ran over, I was already covered with blood.”

Birch suffered 67 fractures in the accident.

"I thought it was something I would just do from the core of who I am, but I kind of thought about it afterwards, 'What was I thinking?' I've got children," she said.

"One of those quirky things that just happened, and I think that's one of the reasons that the radio stations carried it for so long, because I did push the guy out of the way."

After local radio stations in Kuwait ran the story, the local blood bank was inundated with so many people looking to donate that it was forced to turn them away.

Birch said she and her husband spend every summer at their place in Murray Harbour, P.E.I. She had been planning to spend her first Christmas on the Island before the crash.

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