Our previous posts discussed heart disease and some of the events that might occur when a heart fails. The posts also offered examples of how people who witnessed emergency events stepped up and helped to save lives.
Today’s post offers a different perspective. Many people have voiced and continue to voice concerns that they don’t help because they fear doing something wrong. They don’t want to be responsible for a lost life. They are afraid to take a chance in order to help someone. Maybe if they learned about the courage and ability that young children have shown in emergencies, they might change their minds. Maybe if they saw that children save lives, they would be open to helping in an emergency.
How a person acts in an emergency can depend on instinct and the ability to remain “cool.” Saving lives requires knowledge, experience and or the desire to do something to help. Children show this desire and because of that desire, children save lives.
There have been many cases of children who made a difference in saving a life or lives.
The following are a few examples of how children save lives:
- A 5-year old girl was swimming in a pool when someone’s toddler fell in the pool. The adults were preoccupied and there was no lifeguard. The child dove down about three feet and pulled the toddler up and shouted, “I’ve got the baby! I’ve got the baby!”
- A kindergartner saved her father from a burning home. When the house became filled with smoke, the child knew exactly what to do because she learned at school. She crawled as quickly as she could on the floor under the smoke and ran to a neighbor to call 911. Her father was found unconscious in the burning home and was rescued.
- A mother was eating a chocolate bar of candy when a piece of it lodged in her throat. She began to choke and was in a panic. Her 11-year old son asked her to give him a “thumbs up” if she needed help dislodging the chocolate or a “thumbs down” if she was fine. When his mother gave him a “thumbs up,” he jumped up and did the Heimlich maneuver on her. The piece of chocolate flew out. The young boy is quoted as saying, “I don’t know why I was so calm. It is not like this is something that is normal for me. I can’t explain it. I kind of just knew what to do, so I just did and my mom was fine.”
- A nine-year old girl helped to deliver her baby sister when her mother went into labor while at home. She had seen a show on TV about delivery and she even knew what to do when the infant’s umbilical cord got wrapped around her neck. She knew when to tell her mom to push and told her that she would catch the baby. She caught the baby and wrapped her in a towel. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her and she unwrapped it. Then she ran next door to get a neighbor because the baby was a little blue. This child wants to be a paramedic when she gets older.
- When a13-year old girl’s father suffered a massive heart attack, her mother told her that he wasn’t breathing. The teen was able to administer CPR on him. She had taken a CPR class in elementary school when she was 10 and remembered what to do. She gave her father CPR until the EMS arrived. She was quoted, “I thought all those people that die because no one’s able to do CPR– I thought it would come in handy one of these days when I was older.”
So, all of you adults who think you might not have what it takes to save a life, think about these children. Think about their desire to help. Are you still content to sit on the sidelines and watch as children save lives because you may not do everything perfectly?
1st Photo: Vernon Swanepoel
2nd Photo: jesse millan
3rd Photo: Randen Pederson
4th Photo: Jenn Durfey