The life you save, may be your own!

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do? 3-year-old boy saves dad's life Submitted by Meghan Kalkstein Saturday, January 29th, 2011, 3:15pm Topics: Health, Parents & kids, News Share on printPrint Share on emailE-mail KEIZER, Ore. -- On Monday the family of the local 3-year-old boy that saved his father by dialing 911 could be known nationally -- with what we hear is an appearance on the "Today" show. For now, the boy's father is just glad to be alive. "My son saved my life," says Aaron Hayes of Keizer. AJ Hayes is like any silly 3 year old: he likes to play, and read. But it's his gift of gab that his dad is most proud of right now. "I talk to everybody," AJ tells us. And ending up coming in handy Friday as his father Aaron, who just started a new wood carving class, was crafting a new project with a chisel. "When it came out, it just popped free," Aaron said, "and went right into my arm." The blood was gushing, and Aaron's first thought was "this is bad, real bad." He tried stop the bleeding, and asked AJ to call 911. AJ knew just what he was doing: "I was calling the ambulance," he tells us. "...I told them daddy needs help." AJ's father says he was "a little in shock and wasn't paying too much attention to what he was saying." All he could remember saying is "Tell them to hurry." What follows is the call as captured on 911 tapes: Dispatcher: What happened? Can you get him the phone? Dispatcher: Does he need ambulance or police? Boy: He needs help right away. The phone was disconnected, and 9-1-1 called back. You can hear AJ's distraught dad in the background as the toddler tries to calm him down. "It's OK dad," AJ said. "Just calm down dad. I'm talking. It's OK." By the third call, help was on the way. Boy: Hello? Help, help! Dispatcher: Stay on the phone. Sir do you need an ambulance? Boy: Dad needs help right away ... You have to come. He really needs help." Aaron says his artery was severed, and if AJ would not have called then the situation would have been much worse. Rescue workers at the Keizer Fire District say it's really a good thing the family had a land-line phone, because they were able to track down the family's address.     Today, with dad healing from his wound, little AJ is asked to tell us why he wasn't scared to place a call when his dad was horribly injured. "Because," he said, "I was brave." AJ also knew his numbers, and has known about 911 and how it's used for about a year now. "Fire District officials would like to remind people that it's never too soon to start teaching your children how to call 911," reports a news release distributed Friday. "The life they save could be yours." Topics: Health, Parents & kids, News Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email More Sharing Services


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