SF Mom Says 10-Year-Old Son Saved Her Life
by Jennifer Hudspeth
November 30, 2011 9:28 PM
It’s hard to say what many of us would do if put in a life or death situation. While some might panic, one Sioux Falls 10-year-old stayed calm, cool, and collected long enough to make sure his mom received proper medical care. In fact, if faced with an emergency Miles Thomas is a good person to have around and that’s why he’s "Someone You Should Know."
John Cena, The Rock, and Batista...names Miles Thomas knows well, he even knows their specialty moves. And while the matches between toys are choreographed, on November 18th Miles came face to face with a situation he never predicted.
“I went in the side door and I saw her, so I called the ambulance, the phone was by her leg,” says Miles Thomas.
His mother, Dawnelle, has battled multiple sclerosis for 17 years, and when Miles arrived home from school that day he found his mother had collapsed...she was having a seizure.
Miles says, “She shakes and her eyes roll back.”
When the told me my baby found me, that just hurt me, that's devastating because I couldn't imagine finding my mom going through something like that,” says Dawnelle Thomas, Miles’ mother.
The normally shy child sprang into action. He grabbed the telephone and immediately dialed 911.
“He got me to the hospital, got the emergency people here, my baby saved my life, if it wasn't him I wouldn't be here talking to you,” says Dawnelle.
It was a decision made in a split second, and although he's credited with being courageous and brave, this man of few words, wrestles with the recognition.
Miles says, “I feel good...”
It’s a good deed, and his mother couldn’t be prouder.
Dawnelle says, “Very grateful, that's my Christmas present.”
Dawnelle has recovered from the seizure and although she continues to struggle with MS, she always knows Miles will be by her side.
“He is special, that's my whole heart,” says Dawnelle.
Dawnelle says even now Miles is reluctant to leave her side, but she says she now has a “phone chain” of friends and family members who call throughout the day to make sure she’s ok.