This past Sunday morning, a 2-year-old girl fell into her grandmother's swimming pool in Arizona. When her mother pulled her out, the girl was unconscious and not breathing. It likely would have been another of the tragic drowning stories we hear all too frequently, but instead her 9-year-old brother came to her rescue.
When Tristin Saghin saw his sister lying there, he ran outside and knew just what to do. While his mother and grandmother were calling 911, he started performing CPR on her, just as he had seen done in the movies. And it worked! She started breathing on her own, and she's now expected to be fine. He very literally saved his sister's life.
As if that wasn't enough to bring tears to your eyes, when he was asked about his efforts, he told ABC15, "She's really beautiful and I love her very much."
If there was ever justification to be made for letting children watch television, this story would certainly be one. To think that he never took a class, but was able to learn life-saving techniques from a movie (specifically Black Hawk Down), is phenomenal. Even more amazing is that he was composed enough to perform under such great pressure. He's a hero in the truest sense of the word.
This story provides so many important reminders about water safety, how important it is for all of us to learn CPR, and also about what incredible things children can do. Too often it's the tragedies and deviants that take up headlines, but it's those like Tristin Saghin who let us know that we're also raising some pretty amazing kids out there as well.
Do your children know CPR? Do you?
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