We underestimate what children are capable of doing in an emergency situation. Even though they cannot function entirely as adults, some are quite capable of making life-saving decisions when the crisis presents itself.
Imagine being a five-year old who just went to bed, and who, after hearing your mother step into the shower, then heard a loud thud coming from the bathroom. What would you do?
In the case of this five-year old, the answer was to check on his mom who he found unconscious in the shower, and then grab his baby sister and head to the neighbor’s house for help. Result? Mom’s life saved.
It’s the sort of story that just makes you feel encouraged. It’s somewhat trite to say, but with all the ugliness with which we are bombarded, it really is just nice to hear an uplifting story once in a while, and this one certainly is that.
Here are the details.
“Five-year-old Salvatore Cicalese had just been put to bed by his mother, Katelyn Cicalese, when his night took a bad turn. After hearing her put his 2-month-old sister to bed, he heard her hop into the shower. However, only a few minutes later, he heard a loud thud and was horrified to find his naked mother lying motionless in the shower.”
“Horrified” is a great word to describe how the young boy must have felt. Yet, amazingly, it didn’t stop this boy from taking action that ultimately saved his mother’s life.
“[T]he young boy quickly grabbed his infant sister and ran for help at his neighbor’s house. As he frantically knocked on the door, his neighbor, Jessica Penyoer, was stunned to see him at her home. He said, ‘No, my mom died in the shower. Can you take care of us?’ recalled Penoyer, according to Daily Mail.”
Of course, his mother was just unconscious, not dead, but the fact that he thought she was only makes his clear-headed actions even more remarkable.
Once alerted by Sal, the neighbor called for emergency help, and his mom was treated for a seizure and survived unscathed.
“‘Honestly, he saved my life, because I was under the [tap] and if he wouldn’t have got help, I don’t know, I would have drowned,’ the proud mother admitted, according to Mirror. She has since made a full recovery from the incident.”
And what of Sal? “[H]e has recently been honored by the Rural Metro Fire department for his bravery. He was presented with an honorary firefighter certificate, a patch, and a helmet in tribute to his heroic deed.”
And both mother and son will have happy and grateful memories for the rest of their lives.
Source: Mad World News