“They could have ignored me, moved on, but they didn’t,” Minnie John said on Saturday. “She could have continued – she must have had a busy schedule that was disrupted because of me. They treated me, a stranger, with love and respect. “
John, from New Jersey, recounted the events in a three-part Facebook post in which she also shared photos of her experience.
She, her husband, Shaji, and their son, Brandon, had gone to Utah to see the Delicate Arch, she wrote. The attraction, which is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, is the largest free-standing arch in the national park and one of the most popular sites.
John said as she approached the end of the trail she felt dizzy, dizzy and unable to get to the arch, which was still 15 minutes away. She said she sat on a rock to avoid passing out and told her family to continue without her.
John told CNN that Bowen, best known for playing Claire Dunphy on the “Modern Family” TV show, her sister, Dr. Annie Luetkemeyer, and a guide were also hiking to see Delicate Arch. “The guide saw me fall forward,” she said.
Bowen, her sister, and the guide ran to John and discovered that she had broken her nose and the skin around her nose, she said.
In a brief phone conversation, Luetkemeyer confirmed to CNN that she and her sister saved the hiker.
CNN has also reached out to Bowen and a representative for comment.
“They were so down to earth, so authentic, so sweet”
John, who is diabetic, had hypoglycemia, was severely dehydrated and had forgotten to eat since breakfast, she said. John said that Luetkemeyer, an infectious disease specialist, was able to take care of her immediately, cleanse her wound and provide her with electrolytes, medicine and pretzels.
“I didn’t have the strength in my feet,” John said. “Julie and Annie took both my arms, lifted me up and put me on the same rock that I had fallen from. My eyes came into focus and I saw Julie in front of me as Annie was still talking to me. “
Once she was seated, Bowen and Luetkemeyer used John’s cell phone to contact Brandon, John explained. As they waited for John’s family to return, John requested a group photo.
“I said, ‘Can I take a picture? And Julie said, ‘Sure,’ and gave me a big hug and we took a picture, ”John said. “They were so down to earth, so genuine, so kind: not at all like you would expect a great actor or a great doctor to be – which they are. They were just so humble, so loving. “
Fifteen minutes later, Shaji and Brandon returned from the ark.
“They were so frantic,” John wrote in his post. “If I had fallen to the side or back, I would have split my head. “
John went to Moab Regional Hospital, she told CNN, where she received five stitches and was told she had a broken nose. She said medics told her many hikers didn’t realize how difficult the trail was, especially given the heat, and that they would often be unprepared.
“I have scabs all over the scuffed areas,” John said.
She added how amazed she was at Bowen and her sister’s actions.
“I knew I would never meet them again, but I appreciated and admired the human part of what they did – selfless, not selfish,” she said. “We tend to forget about the everyday kindnesses that we encounter. We are blind to everything around us and don’t imagine people will be so good, kind and caring. “
Bowen appeared in all 11 seasons of “Modern Family”. She has also appeared in “Ed”, “ER” and the movie “Happy Gilmore”.