Seven Incredible True Stories of Kids Saving their Parents’ Lives
By Dan Berry
A parent’s most sacred charge is to protect their children from the often brutal world we live in. It trumps putting food on the table and certainly showing up to a soccer game. What happens when it’s the parent who needs rescuing though? How will a child respond when the roles are reversed and they must don that proverbial cape to play hero for their parents?
In KoldCast TV’s smash-hit macabre series MALICE, now gearing up for its second Season Premiere this Halloween, the Turner family moves to grandma’s old home in an attempt to reboot their troubled lives. No sooner do they settle in than strange and disturbing events seemingly manifest from the very foundations of the old house.
Tensions mount as family members, one at a time, start to disappear. It falls to sixteen-year-old Alice, the youngest of two daughters with an active imagination, to survive the dangers emanating from the eerie property and save her sister’s and parents’ lives.
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Young Alice is wise beyond her years, but will that be enough to solve the mystery of her family’s plight? If real life is to offer any reassurance she’ll succeed, it will most certainly be found somewhere in the tales of these seven incredible kids. They rose to the occasion and rescued their parents from certain death.
A Human Shield, Damaged But Not Undone
Alexis Goggins was hailed as a hero and an “angel from heaven” when, in December 2007, she jumped in front of an enraged gunman who unloaded six slugs into the seven-year-old as she used her body as a shield to save her mother’s life. Miraculously, Alexis recovered from the gunshot wounds to her right arm, chest, cheek, chin, eye and left temple. Her mother also survived being shot in her bicep and the left side of her head by the gunman, who was identified as a former boyfriend trying to kill her.
Who Said Bullfighting’s an Adult-Only Sport?
Ten-year-old Tom Phillips was performing chores on his family’s Wales farm in June 2011, when a crazed bull suddenly charged his father, hurled him high into the air and began trampling his limp, lifeless body. Scared senseless, young Tom initially climbed onto a nearby tractor for safety, but his higher instincts quickly took over and he managed to use the machine to move the 2,000-pound beast away from his dad, who suffered ten broken ribs and severe internal injuries, yet survived thanks to his son’s heroic actions.
The Clothes Make The Boy
Adam Hieber of southeastern Michigan has a severe bee-sting allergy and was mowing his lawn August 5, 2012, when he was stung twice and went into shock. Fortunately, his ten-year-old son, AJ, found him sprawled out on the bathroom floor and sprung into action. Clad only in underwear, AJ jumped on his bike and raced to seek help, thus saving his father’s life while teaching kids everywhere how to dress for success.
Running Scared… From a Seven-Year-Old
When three men burst into his California home in March 2010 and held his parents at gunpoint, seven-year-old Carlos grabbed his sister, hid in the bathroom and called 911. The armed robbers discovered the terrified children and demanded to know whom they were talking to. Carlos told them “911.” The cowardly thugs immediately turned tail and fled without taking a thing. Authorities praised the boy for his brave and educated actions that prevented a potentially tragic ending.
Call Me Maybe
Four-year-old Houston native Kanden Jones was hiking in the woods with his diabetic grandfather Carl in December 2011, when suddenly his elderly relative’s blood sugar became dangerously low and he collapsed unconscious. Thankfully, Carl was the only senior citizen on the planet with an iPhone and a quick-witted Kaden used the device to call his parents and alert them to the emergency. It took two hours to locate the pair, at which point an ambulance was called and Carl received emergency treatment at a nearby hospital before being sent home.
A Walk to Remember
It’s important for parents to teach their kids safety tips, even to toddlers. Case in point: On August 20, 2010, Frank Tafoya collapsed in his Northern California home. Fortunately, his wife had recently shown their three-year-old daughter Alesaundra where the fire station was located and the pint-sized hero walked there for help. She then escorted rescuers the two blocks back to her house where her father was in desperate need of medical care. According to doctors, without Alesaundra’s prompt response, Frank Tafoya would have died.
Boy Keeps the Vultures at Bay
Okay, so he didn’t save her life, but in these tough economic times, what 12-year-old Noah Lamaide did is equally impressive. Noah raised $10,500 dollars in less than a month to save his sick grandmother’s century-old home from foreclosure. Through his website, Noah’s Dream Catcher Network, the pre-teen paid off the bank and prevented an auction that would have rendered an elderly woman homeless – a woman who has served as a foster parent to hundreds of Wisconsin children. And to think… for Christmas, I gave my grandmother a coffee mug.
Dan Berry staggered onto the comedy scene while drinking heavily and skipping class at New York University. The warped mind behind The Prison Kite and HBO’s upcoming project The Bid, Dan has served as a network staff writer and is co-author of the soon-to-be-released biopic Madoff Uncuffed, documenting disgraced financier Bernie Madoff’s first year behind bars. Be the first person to follow him on Twitter @RealDanBerry.