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AZ quilters' gift to man who saved member's life

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Lucas Robinson sprinted into action to save the life of a woman in a tragic crash.

Now, with the help of her quilting friends, Joann Lang surprised him with a little holiday pay it forward.

Lang is still the life of the party at her quilter gatherings, even though it's going to be a while before she can handle a needle and thread again.

Last month, she was driving across Bell Road when her car was suddenly T-boned. The collision flipped her car on its side.

"The car was at an angle and my arm fell out and it just skidded over my arm," Lang said.

"I don't remember any pain at all. All I remember was saying, 'Help, help, help, somebody help, help, help' and there wasn't anybody right there, except for Lucas," Lang said.

Robinson, 19, was working across the street at Danny's Car Wash when he heard the crash. He ran over and had the wherewithal to use his belt as a tourniquet, stopping the bleeding and saving Lang's life.

"For a 19-year-old young man to even have that kind of guts and courage to even come running across the lanes of traffic, not knowing what happened. He's got to be unbelievably mature and responsible and wonderful," Lang said.

Her fellow quilters or "Night Owls" as they call themselves, wanted to pay it forward to the man who was there for Lang when she needed it most. On top of the quilts they sewed for his nieces, they decided to surprise Robinson with $500 from CBS 5's Pay It Forward program.

"She was just afraid, as anybody would be and I would be, as I was, so we were just trying to get through it together, I guess," Robinson said.

In just a few weeks, she'll be fitted for a special prosthesis that attaches to the nerves in her arm, allowing her to control a robotic hand.

"They are going to put an attachment on my golf club so I can actually golf again, so I'm very excited about that," Lang said.

Robinson will soon ship out for basic training but Lang and the Night Owls have already promised to bombard him with care packages until he can return safely home.

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