She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That’s where 64-year old Rozalia Meichl, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, found herself Thursday afternoon when she was pushed into the path of an oncoming CTrain by a woman — something her son, Allan Hein, said will change her life.
“She was walking before Thursday, and she’ll never walk again — she shouldn’t have made it off the operating table,” he said.
“She has no idea what happened to her. She’s using a whiteboard to write messages to us and using thumbs up and thumbs down.”
Hein was at the gym when he got a frantic phone call from his sister.
“I was at the gym ready to stretch and wind things down when my sister called me crying and said ‘mom’s alive, but we have to go to the hospital,’ ” said Hein.
“The doctors sat my sister and I down and explained what happened from an injury standpoint, what they needed to do and what our options were.”
Meichel, who was on permanent disability and unable to work, has no medical, or disability insurance and thus, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched raising over $4,200 in its first 24 hours.
“Anyone who has met my mom would tell you she’s stubborn, I can already see three-years from now and she’s sitting in a wheelchair saying ‘it’s going to take a lot more than a drug addict to get rid of me,’ ” Hein said.
“She’s just a fighter and she’s never wanted sympathy — she’s a strong, strong woman.”
Stephanie Favel, 35, faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and breach of probation in relation to the incident.
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