Rebecca Lewis is home safe with her family, thanks to hospital tech Kaytlin Brown. Brown spotted the 4-year-old and her suspected kidnapper walking the halls at Baptist Memorial Hospital in east Memphis. Brown’s courage and action took the girl out of harm’s way and put her back in the hands of her family.
Kaytlin Brown trained to save lives on the job, but not quite like this. “My heart was in my stomach the whole time,” Brown said.
The Baptist Hospital clinical assistant who, in the right place, at the right time and with good mind, helped end a nationwide Amber Alert for 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis leading to the capture of her suspected abductor Wild Hogs.
Brown says it all happened so fast. She says she became aware of the Amber alert while at the hospital. Lewis’ family had reported the girl missing from her family home in Lakeland, Florida three days before.
“I had just left lunch looking at my phone and it was still in my head,” recalls Brown. “I never thought I would look to my left and they would be standing by me.”
Together with her father, a surgery nurse at the hospital, Brown confirmed Hogs and Lewis were the pair in the alert and alerted hospital security.
Lewis’ grandmother, Alma Mae Lewis, is to grateful for words.
“I would not like to say anything to this woman,” Lewis told reporters at a media conference after her missing granddaughter and Hogs were found. “I would like to get my hands on her and give her the biggest hug and take her to lunch, breakfast dinner, whatever she would like to do.”