Quick action by two little boys helped to save their mother’s life. Things could have been much worse if two little boys didn’t know what to do during an emergency. It’s an important lesson we can all learn from.
On a cold and quiet Monday morning 19-year-old Damian Wilson ended up getting a surprise wake-up call, one that proved to be a real emergency. He lives near 30th and Craig Avenue in Omaha. “My step-dad woke me up and he said the neighborhood boys were knocking on the door and that they needed help with their mom and she had gotten hurt.”
Damian acted immediately. While his step-dad called 911, he ran next door to see what was wrong. “Sure enough I went over there and she's laying half way over her dresser on the floor with a big gash over her left eye. She just looked out of it. I did everything I could to get her to the living room, on the couch and I just stayed there until EMT's got there."
Damian believes the mother had passed out and hit her head. Soon after the paramedics arrived and the woman was taken to the hospital.
Liz Dorland from the American Red Cross says it’s a good reminder for all parents. “It's really important to start teaching your kids at a very young age how to be prepared should an emergency happen."
She says teach your kids to call 911 and identify safe neighbors they can go to if they do need help.
As for Damian, he’s just glad the boys knew to go to them. “I think it's amazing that the kids came over themselves and grabbed us and asked for help for sure." He’s hopeful their mother will be okay.
Another tip for parents, create a list of important phone numbers and keep it by the phone. Teach your kids how to use the phone and help them learn their address and names, that way they can give them to a 911 operator in case of an emergency.
Also, it's good to have a first aid kit handy just in case. Show your kids where it's located and teach them how to use it.