Australian tennis player Destani Iyava revealed in a post that it was both heartbreaking and uplifting that on Easter Sunday he was rescued by three strangers who were driving while preparing to end his life.
Iva was then 21 years old and said in an Instagram post that she didn’t want to make it on her 22nd birthday, but she survived to tell her story.
Iva wore a dress with an Instagram post with a picture of her smile.
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“On Easter Sunday night (April 17) I was about to drop myself off a bridge at M1 when three men drove me off the train and took me home,” Ayava wrote on her birthday, May 10.
“I didn’t want to make it on my 22nd birthday, but I know my family and friends will be happy to know that I’m alive on this day which is special.
“Sometimes in life you can meet people who may feel you are unlovable, but at the end of the day I learned – ‘God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength but He will also give you a way out through your temptation. Do it so that you are able to tolerate it.
“Thank you for sending your love and best wishes if you have today,
Aiava hails from Melbourne and has a career-high WTA ranking of 192, which she achieved in October 2019.
He made his Grand Slam debut at the 2017 Australian Open, making history as the first player born in 2000 or later, male or female, to compete in the Major Major Draw.
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