Gavin Keeney may only be 10 years old, but he’s exactly the sort of person we want around when there’s an emergency.
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Two years ago, the Oklahoma child noticed that his mom, Lori Keeney, was choking. He immediately attempted the Heimlich maneuver and, when it didn’t work, he called 911. He ultimately saved her life, receiving an award for his bravery from the Kingston Police Department. Now, he’s got yet another hero award to add to his collection!
Gavin and Lori were at home recently when they decided to take a dip in the pool. Security cameras captured the moment when Gavin climbed out of the pool to dry off on the deck when, suddenly, Lori started to have a seizure.
Lori has epilepsy and a history of seizures. She was terrified as she began to convulse in the pool, and she quickly began to sink. That’s when her little hero burst into action!
Gavin describes hearing a splash and seeing his mother “sinking in the pool.” He admits he was scared, but that didn’t stop him from diving into the pool and grabbing his mother. Being careful to keep her head above water, he swam over to the ladder and held her there until his grandfather rushed over to help.
Lori’s father lives next door, and he came running when he heard the commotion in the pool. He was able to get in quickly and hold onto her until the seizure passed, offering a comforting hug to Gavin in the process.
Lori later shared the distressing video on her Facebook page.
“One of my worst nightmares came to life this morning,” she wrote. “[ … ] LOOK AT MY BABY SAVING MY LIFE… literally saving my life. Gavin had just got out of the pool and was on the porch and that’s when he heard me. He jumped in.”
“I’m okay, I took in just a little water we think before Gavin got me,” Lori continued. “I can’t believe I just said that. I can’t believe I’m typing this. I CAN believe what I saw in Gavin, my little hero. I just can’t believe he HAD to do it and that’s what breaks my heart. Thank you God for putting this wonderful little human into my life.”
Now that Gavin has saved her life twice and received two separate awards for his bravery, Lori is more convinced than ever that her son is her guardian angel!
Way to keep looking out for your mom, Gavin! At this rate, this brave young man could make a career in lifesaving.
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