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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...


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DORY914 9/22/2009 10:13AM

    That is amazing!! Thank God your niece could stay calm and perform CPR on her dad. I'm so glad you all have a happy ending.

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MOONLITCHELLE 9/10/2009 7:28AM

    WOW! What a wonderful story! And what an incredible niece you have! Amazing how moving love really is. Very moving! Thank you for sharing it!

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4AMAZINGME 8/12/2009 3:44PM

    Thank goodness all turned out well.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/8/2009 2:09PM

    You must be so proud of your niece. What a heroic young lady. I wish more people know CPR and were not afraid to use the skill. Bravo for your niece. I read the original article in the Tri City Herald and was in awe. Sandy

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MOMFAN 8/6/2009 2:48PM

    Wow, God obviously isn't through with him yet.

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FLGIRL_4EVER 8/5/2009 7:10PM

  What an amazing story. Brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad he is doing well.

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WHISKERS12189 8/5/2009 5:49PM

    Amazing girls! Glad your brother is going to be okay!


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MCLYMORE 8/5/2009 4:40PM

    I am so glad she kept calm through the process, she is a brave young lady, both of them, he is lucky to have them. The picture is beautiful, such a beautiful family, you all should be so proud.

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DUCHOVETTE 8/5/2009 4:23PM

    Wow, that is really cool Doodles. I'm glad your brother is ok. I know how much he means to you. That is a really cool story and what a cute picture!!:)

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MRSMILLER777 8/5/2009 4:08PM

    That is amazing and wonderful!

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4-ME-TO-BE_____ 8/5/2009 3:23PM

    That is a wonderful story what great nieces you have to be able to stay calm and do what was necessary to save his life, I know many adults who wouldn't have been able to that. I am so glad this had a happy ending.

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