I wouldn’t be here : Girl, 9, credited with saving father s life during heart attack
|CTVnews 21 Apr 2017 at 08:24|
When Bert Shea had a massive heart attack at home in Dartmouth, N.S. two weeks ago, he feared he would die. But his daughter, nine-year-old Anika, knew what to do.
It happened on a Sunday, when the pair was out by the garage, sawing and stacking wood. Bert began to feel weak, and set his saw down. He went into the garage to sit down in a chair.
The next thing I know, I hear him fall and I come over and I see him on the floor, Anika said in an interview with CTV Atlantic.
Bert was having a massive heart attack. The only person around was Anika.
All I could think was, her watching me die on the floor, Bert said.
Anika used her cell phone to call her mother, Stephanie Hodges, who was at work. I answered it and she said, Mummy, daddys on the floor, you better come home, Hodges said. And she pretty much hung up on me.
Anika hung up and immediately dialed 911.
Anika has a cell phone for her own health reasons. She has asthma, and her parents wanted to make sure she could always call them if she needed them. Turns out it wasnt Anika who needed to help.
I wouldnt be here, Im sure of it, if it wasnt for her, Bert said.
Within minutes of Anika dialing 911, police and paramedics had arrived at the house. Her parents taught her how to call for help in an emergency.