Wednesday, August 05, 2009
On Monday, 8/3/09, my 13-year old niece saved the life of her dad, my baby brother. He is highly allergic to bee & wasp stings, and has a couple of incidents in the past where he had to be rushed to the hospital by helicopter because he was stung and the epi-pens weren't sufficient. Once at the county fair, and once when he was the ref at a high-school football game. At the football game, he used 3 epi-pens and it still wasn't enough. This time, however, he was at home with his daughters when it happened. Thankfully, he told them to call 911 if he passed out. He did, and my petite little niece performed CPR on him while her 6-year old sister held the phone up for her to talk to the 911 dispatcher. He's a big guy, and she did what she had to do to save her dad's life. He went into full cardiac arrest. I am amazed, and in awe of her right now. The police took over the CPR when they arrived, but if she hadn't stayed calm, I might have lost a father AND a brother this summer. Losing one was bad enough, I don't think I would have handled it very well if it had turned into two. I am so relieved that he is ok. They kept him in ICU overnight, and he got to go home yesterday. It's kind of strange that I was the one with the bee allergy when we were younger - everyone was afraid this would happen to me. But my allergy has lessened with age, and his has gotten worse.
I'm adding a link to the article about them, if anyone is interested in more details. Isn't this a great picture? It's from the article...