A mom encouraged other parents to teach their children basic life-saving skills after almost choking to death in front of her children.
Mom Lindsay Smith
During a typical Monday, Lindsay Smith from Charlotte, North Carolina was home alone with her three sons ages 5, 7, and 8. While eating some bacon, she choked on a small piece because of two neck surgeries she had undergone last year. It was a common happening to her but it was the first time that no other adult was around.
“I was not breathing at all,” Lindsay said. “I knew that in the next minute if I could not get air, I was going to pass out. So I had about a minute to figure out what I was going to do before that happened.”
Her 7-year-old son Michael was watching a show when it happened. Thankfully, the 5-year-old Abe turned around and saw his mom struggling. He immediately knew something bad was happening.
“I knew that if he saw 911, he would know that he needed to call and ask for help.”
Basic life-saving skills
Lindsay’s 8-year-old son Hunter was suffering from several developmental and medical challenges so she taught her children basic life-saving skills at an early age.
“Our children have to know that it’s not scary to call 911,” Lindsay says.
Scared for her life, she desperately prayed to the Lord.
“God, I really need your help. Don’t let my kids see this happen, don’t let them watch me choke to death.”
The Lord answered her prayers when she was able to take the “tiniest gasp of air.” It was so loud that it scared Abe but she finally was able to cough once. She then again took a gasp of air which led to more coughing until she was able to breathe properly.
Lindsay’s near-death experience led her to encourage other parents to teach their young children basic life-saving skills.
“Moms are spending an unprecedented amount of time with their kids right now. In the presence of what could be long-term remote learning, the best way you can spend your time is teaching them things like how to call 911, how to remember their address, knowing your phone number, and what to do in emergency situations without being scared.”
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