A Manhattan philanthropist who was nearly killed by a shopping cart thrown from a parking lot in 2011 says the incident left her with a new outlook on life.
In an exclusive interview with the ‘Today Show’ airing Thursday, Marion Hedges opened up about her long recovery as well as forgiveness for the two boys, then 12 and 13, who threw a shopping cart from the 4th floor at East River Plaza Mall in Harlem on Hedges.
Hedges was at the mall with her teenage son, buying Halloween candy for underprivileged children. Her son was not injured but the incident left her in critical condition and with permanent brain damage, she said.
“Some days I’d like to be in bed with the covers on. But the reality is, it’s a beautiful day, go for it,” Hodges told Sheinelle Jones. “I was chosen to live for a reason. There must be a reason. So I choose life.”
Three years ago, a jury awarded Hodges $45 million in a lawsuit alleging the mall owner and security company ignored complaints about children making it a “mini playground.” war”.
The boys who threw the cart were sent to juvenile facilities and Hedges said he donated some of the money to a youth center so the children had better things to do than throw shopping carts when they are bored.