Woman reconnects with New Mexico officer’s wife who saved her 17 years ago

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman’s plea has been answered. She has found the woman who saved her when she was 3 years old.

Gabrielle Ferguson, now 20, was just 3 years old when she was in a horrible crash that almost killed her.

Seventeen years ago she was dead on I-40, when a State Police officer’s wife showed up and brought her back to life.

“I was ejected out of the vehicle,” Ferguson said. “I guess I died there.”

Ferguson has been putting the pieces together for 17 years.

“And the officer’s wife, I guess she knew CPR and she was the one who revived me,” Ferguson said.

She was traveling from Arizona back to Kansas on I-40 near Santa Rosa when the SUV she was in rolled.

Six others inside, including Furguson’s baby twin brothers and mom, were all hurt. A family friend’s baby also died in the crash.

“They said that I slipped down the highway still in my car seat,” Ferguson said.

She suffered bad head and back injuries.

For years, she’s known this story.

“I thought I was just immediately life-flighted and they used something to get me back in the helicopter but I guess it was a wife,” Ferguson said.

She says it was the State Police officer’s wife who saved her life.

“Which is really crazy because if it wasn’t for her, like, I really wouldn’t be here and I’m eternally grateful for that,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson has been trying to find her, to thank the woman for saving her life.

“I’m really wanting to find these people,” she said, adding she posted about her search on Facebook, but it hasn’t turned up anything yet.

“Help me find that person because I just want to tell them how grateful I am and how fortunate I am because you saved my life.”

It’s a search to say thank you and show her hero how far she’s come since that day on the highway.

“It’s crazy, I wasn’t even actually supposed to be able to play sports or anything because of my back, and I got to do that,” Ferguson said.

“I know that God put me here for a reason because otherwise he wouldn’t have sent that wife to revive me.”

Ferguson says she’s reached out to State Police and UNM Hospital to get some clues, but was told they don’t keep those kinds of records past 10 years.

After this story aired on Thursday, KRQE News 13 got a call saying that the two connected and were able to talk on the phone.

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