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Province may help hero

The provincial government is looking into the case of a Chilliwack hero who needs prosthetics after trying to save man from the path of an oncoming train.

In May 2018, Julie Callaghan tried to help Matthew Jarvis when his wheelchair got stuck on the tracks at a railway crossing in Chilliwack.

The train struck Callaghan's hand, causing fractures as well as tendon and nerve damage, and now she needs to have two fingers amputated, CTV News reports.

A surgeon has agreed to perform the procedure for free, but Callaghan will need prosthetics costing $80,000.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the government is looking into her case.

"We'll be having answers and engagement with the individual in the coming days and maybe hours," Dix told CTV.

Despite her efforts, and those of another woman, Callaghan was unable to dislodge the wheelchair in time and Jarvis was killed by the train.

Callaghan was honoured by the RCMP and received a Carnegie Award for her heroism.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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