(DNJ.com)Please excuse our tardiness on this story, but we felt like it was one that needed to be retold, especially since it was likely lost among the tragic events in Boston and West, Texas last week.
Many people don’t know or have ever heard of Darius Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 293-pound Middle Tennessee State football player, but for one little girl, he’s her hero.
Last Monday, Middle Tennessee was hosting the Special Olympics and Johnson was helping out. Brittany Eyrich, a 10-year-old girl with autism and epilepsy, came up to Johnson and asked for a photo. That began a relationship that would take a scary turn only minutes later.
Eyrich was running in 100-meter dash when the hot temperatures sent her body into an epileptic seizure and sent Johnson into action.
Theresa Eyrich, Brittany's mother, and teacher Karen Godwin reached Brittany first, but the child needed to be moved to take her medication in private. Theresa Eyrich looked around, found Johnson watching intently and asked for his help. He scooped up the 130-pound girl and ran her to a private, cooler location so she could get the help she needed.
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"I've never seen anyone have a seizure, so I just did whatever I could," Johnson told Adam Sparks, who covers the Blue Raiders for the Daily News Journal. "At the beginning of the day, that's not what I expected to be doing, helping a girl like that."
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