A 4-year-old girl is now a “community hero” after she helped save a man’s life on a farm.
Little Caleigh Concannon loves dogs. So her mom took her out to do some volunteering at Golden Opportunities for Independence, a farm that trains service dogs. On her first shift there, something unexpected happened, and it was lucky the 4-year-old was on the job at the time.
She went to the bathroom by herself and saw someone “sleeping” inside.
“And I ran back to my mom. And then I’m like, there’s someone sleeping on the floor,” Caleigh told CBS.
Her mom said, “She figured out he was having a seizure, and she called the ambulance and stuff like that.”
Caleigh’s mom, Heather, from Walpole, Massachusetts, was proud of her little girl, saying, “She knew exactly what to do, and she’s 4 years old.”
Asking why she knew to get help for that man, the 4-year-old responded, “Because my dad has diabetes.”
Because her father has diabetes, there’s a risk he could have a diabetic attack at any time, so the little girl has been taught what to do if she happens to see her dad lying on the floor and in need of help. That’s why when she saw someone “sleeping” in the bathroom, she immediately told her mom.
“I am so proud of her,” said Dr. Flynn, the man who was found suffering from an “epileptic seizure” in the bathroom.
Fortunately for Dr. Flynn, he received medical help in time and has since recovered. “I am just in awe at the responsibility and the seriousness and her perception in handling the situation,” said Dr. Flynn, who’s also the farm’s director.
The Walpole police presented Caleigh a Community Hero Award. “The situation could have been a lot worse than it was and so as a result, she really is a community hero,” said Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael.
It goes to show, teaching young children how to respond to such emergency situations, or at least to determine what could be out of the ordinary, could save someone’s life.