Susanna Rohm was at home when all of a sudden her 12-week-old son stopped breathing. The baby boy, Isaiah, suddenly became unresponsive and went limp. When Susanna placed her finger under his nostrils, she noticed he wasn’t breathing.
Without a land line, and with her cell phone missing at exactly the wrong time, she ran outside of her house and screamed for somebody, anybody to call 911. The only neighbors around? 9-year-old Rocky Hurt and 10-year-old Ethan Wilson. The two boys ran to Susanna, who was panicked and splashing water on the baby’s face.
She had become so shaken that the two young boys bravely decided to take control of the situation. They calmed her, then guided the terrified mother through infant CPR.
“I told her to push on the baby’s chest five to 10 times with only two fingers, tilt back the baby’s head, plug the baby’s nose and breathe into the baby’s mouth,” Rocky told WXIA.
Susanna believed it was the boys’ strength and confidence that made her able to trust them with her son’s life. Within seconds of his directions, the baby began to scream.
“I told her that’s a good sign because the baby’s breathing,” Rocky said. The paramedics arrived soon after and Isaiah was diagnosed with sleep apnea but is doing well. I think Rocky and Ethan’s story goes to show: You never know who your hero will be.