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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia Beach woman needs your help to find the man she says saved her baby boy.

Jesika Palmer says the man went out of his way to help her and her 10-month-old son Gunner.

On Friday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m, Jesika was driving home when she says Gunner had a seizure.

“His eyes rolled back and everything just started to shake and he tensed up and he started to shake his hands. He just wasn’t responsive,” Jesika says.

The seizure happened in Jesika’s car as she was waiting at the light to turn left onto London Bridge Road from General Booth Boulevard. When she looked in her rear view mirror, she saw what she thought was her son dying before her eyes.

“To me, I thought it was the end,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do. All I could do was scream for someone to help my child. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through in my life.”

Jesika says a man who was across the street at the Exxon station, heard her screams and took action, rushing over to help.

“This gentleman really calmed me down and told me it was going to be okay. He comforted me when there was no one else to do it because I didn’t know what to do,” she says.

Jesika says he told her to get into her car so he could drive them to get medical help.

“I mean, you think your child is dying so the last thing you want to do is put them down to drive somewhere. I just cracked,” she says.

As she held Gunner, the man rushed them to Patient First on General Booth Boulevard. Jesika then says he called her family and stayed with her until the family members arrived.

“He really helped save my child,” Jesika says.

But Jesika never got the man’s name. And he left before she could say two very important words.

“I just really want to thank him. Because he didn’t have to be as nice as he was,” she says.

Jesika says doctors told her Gunner’s seizure was caused by a high fever due to pneumonia. He’s now out of the hospital. He’s still recovering, but is alive thanks to a stranger Jesika now calls her hero.

“I just hope that he drove home feeling like he really accomplished something amazing that day,” she says.

Jesika says the man was over six-feet-tall, in his late 40s, and was driving a dark-colored Jeep Wrangler.

A woman Jesika believes was his wife, was also with him, along with an infant baby girl.