'Little hero': Proud mother posts video of her 10-year-old son jumping in to save her from drowning
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA- A 10-year-old boy turned saviour for his mother who was having a seizure episode while swimming in a pool on Friday, August 5. Security footage shows the moment when Gavin Keeney helped his mom by dragging her to safety.
Gavin jumped into the pool while his mother Lori Keeney was having a medical episode that left her drowning. The 10-year-old brought his mother to the stairs of the above-ground pool and then her father came to assist in getting her out of the pool.
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Lori took to Facebook to share what she described as one of her "worst nightmares." Lori wrote, "I'm very hesitant to share this video. As I've shared before, I don't like for people to witness when I have a seizure so for all my friends and family here...know this was very, very hard for me to watch as I've never seen myself nor have I seen Gavin in action. I have security cameras up that captured this and I'm just sharing a brief part... it maybe rough for some to see but y'all...LOOK AT MY BABY SAVING MY LIFE...literally saving my life."
As per Lori, her son was on the porch when the unfortunate incident happened. Gavin quickly leaped in at the right time. She wrote, "he jumped in...the dog even tried to get in..he gets me over to the ladder and then my Dad runs in. I'm okay, I took in just a little water we think before Gavin got me. 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."
While speaking to Fox News, Lori revealed that this isn't the first time Gavin has helped her in severe medical situations. She said, "about 1.5 years ago, I had just had an extensive cervical spinal fusion and wasn't able to swallow well. I chocked on some food, and he even tried the Heimlich maneuver."
Lori said. "The last thing I really remember is his little arms reach around me and try with all his might, and then he said 'I'm not strong enough, mommy' … He then called 911." The proud mom added, "poor little dude has had to deal with so much with my health, and he always handles it so well." Meanwhile, Gavin was awarded by the Kingston Police Department in Oklahoma for his brave actions.
The police department wrote in a Facebook post, "due to the quick actions of this young man his mother didn't swallow any water and is still alive to this day." They also added, "thank you Gavin you are a true hero and a positive light for this community."