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Kidnapped Woman Uses Insulin Pump to Escape Car Trunk

Brittany Driggs was kidnapped at gunpoint outside her apartment last week.

Brittany Driggs was kidnapped at gunpoint outside her apartment last week.

Susan Rinkunas

When an Alabama nursing student was kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her insulin pump helped save her

A man forced Brittany Diggs, 25, into the trunk of her car in Birmingham and tried to withdraw cash from multiple ATMs using her debit card; he had her phone, too. When he stopped at a gas station, Diggs remembered that her car might have a trunk release latch. She said she'd seen a video on Facebook about this safety feature in cars, which was required starting in 2001.

"I just got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light, which is not a bright light, but it was bright enough to see," Diggs told NBC. "So I had to put [the pump] right on top of [the trunk door] to look and see for the latch."

She found it. Then she waited for him to start the car and pulled the latch when he was backing up and jumped out of the trunk. Her escape was caught on surveillance footage. The gas station owner called police, who later found Diggs' car, but the kidnapper has not been caught.

People on Twitter pointed out that Diggs already has a key nursing quality.

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