9-Year-Old Saves Mom's Life Thanks To A Simple Lesson He Learned In Health Class

"It warms my heart to know my children care for me so much."

When single Washington mom-of-three Kimberly Smith was caring for her 4-week-old baby, she began to experience chest pains, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. She attributed the symptoms to her recent bout of pneumonia, and thought if she just put the newborn down and took a nap, she'd feel better. If she had done that, however, the results may have been fatal, according to doctors.


Thankfully, Smith's 9-year-old son, Camdyn, remembered warning signs his health teacher taught him, and urged his mother to seek immediate medical attention.

"He said, 'My health teacher said that when someone grabs their chest like that that I'm supposed to call 911,'" reports The Huffington Post.

The little boy explained to told KING 5 in Washington state, "I kept saying that we needed to go. So, I just went and got my shoes and coat on, and told her we needed to go."

There was something about the conviction with which the fourth grader urged her to seek help, that Smith decided go to the doctor. After an EKG test, she was rushed to the hospital for further testing. Upon hearing her diagnosis, she now credits her young son for saving her life.

It turned out she had pulmonary embolisms in both lungs.

Pulmonary embolisms are blockages in the artery that carries blood to the lungs, and is commonly a blood clot. People who have recently had C-sections, like Smith had about four weeks ago, have a higher chance of developing such blockages.

After being stunned by her diagnosis, Smith set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to highlight the dangers of blood clots and to help with her medical bills. The title of the page is simply, "My son. My hero."

The campaign was created on March 18 with the goal of raising $200 and it has surpassed that with almost $4,000 in donations to date.

Smith wrote, "I never thought I'd be here. Truth is, I really want to spread awareness about blood clots. It was the single most scary thing I've gone through. The thought of not being with my children is heart wrenching!" 

She adds that the page and people's comments have also helped her son realize how much of a hero he really is. "Everyone has been so kind and my son, who said 'I don't feel like a hero ' now really does feel like one and he loves reading all the nice words being said! What a great community we live in! Thank you everyone for reading our story!" she said.

As for what she thinks of what her son did for her, she told the Huffington Post,

“I’m still getting teary-eyed about it. It warms my heart to know my children care for me so much."


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