Published Sunday, July 7, 2019 5:56 PM ADT
Last Updated Monday, 8 July, 2019 7:37 AM ADT
It was a kindness act that Casey Lee Martin did not think he would pay attention to.
Sunday morning, Martin was driving his car in front of Halifax Transit bus. She noticed that a woman and two children were a back view mirror running for the bus, which closed her doors and drove out before they could do it.
“Red light stopped, I saw no safety hazard that the bus could not stop and wait a few more seconds, but instead, they closed the door and pulled up the red light,” explained Martin.
As a mother herself, Martin felt sympathy to the woman immediately and offered assistance.
“At one time, I was a mother with a little child and I had to take the bus, so I felt very much to her,” said Martin. “So I turned up at the next car park and turned back to see if they had driven from them.” T
The woman and the two children enthusiastically accepted their offer and told Martin that they were going to hospital.
“We were talking back and forth and that was when she told me who she was, and that her children were not in the back,” said Martin. “She had lost her children in a fire five months ago, and they had to visit her husband who was badly burned.” T
The wife Martin decided to help him than Kawthar Barho, the mother of seven children who had devastated their lives in a house in Halifax on 19 February.
“When I realized who she was, I mean, everyone across Canada and Nova Scotia recognizes that name. It's a family name and I couldn't believe she was sitting in my car, ”said Martin.
Barho and her husband, Ebraheim, fled the war on Syria, arriving in Canada in 2017 as refugees looking for a better life for their families.
The tragedy made international headlines, with support for the family pouring in from all over the world.
More than 2,000 people – many of whom had never been to the family – attended the children's funeral service in Halifax.
The GoFundMe campaign has raised approximately $ 725,000 for the family.
After leaving Barho and the two children at the hospital, Martin decided to share her experiences on Facebook. The job went viral immediately, with over 3,000 reactions, and over 2,000 shares in four hours.
“I died from me. I forced the ads to turn out on my phone because it keeps just dinging, but it seems that there are pretty nice views, ”Martin said.
Martin says she is surprised by the attention the job gets, but she hopes that bus drivers will think twice before they leave a passenger behind.
“I called on Metro Transit to report it. They said I can understand his policy, ”explained Martin. “But when there is no safety hazard and you are parking at a red light, I think policy should be empathetic.”
CTV also contacted Halifax Transit, but received no response.
Ebraheim Barho is still in hospital. The sources close to the family say that their condition has improved.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Allan April
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