Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:06 AM by Laura Wilson - MTN News
KALISPELL - It's not often you hear of a child taking care of their own parent, but when a Kalispell woman suffered a potentially fatal allergic reaction this past October, her 9-year-old son was there to help save her life.
It was a scary situation for 9-year-old K.C. Nouque, who watched as his mother collapsed inside their home and became unresponsive. The first call he made was to his father, who immediately advised him to call 911.
"My mom is having an emergency. She just got sick one week ago and now she fell. She's on the ground, she can't get up," K.C. told 911 dispatchers.
"I ran over and said, 'Please wake up mom, don't leave,' and I prayed," he recalled.
K.C.'s mom, Christy, was suffering from an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, though she didn't know it at the time, and told her son not to call 911.
He disobeyed me, thank god, because I would be alive today. He just remained calm and did what his father told him to do," Cindy said.
K.C.'s mom says the call was a live-saving one. "Every day I thanked him. It's hard to put into words. I would not be here today. I wouldn't have celebrated my birthday or Thanksgiving.
The Peterson Elementary School student now has a medal to prove his heroics. K.C. is the second person to be given the Flathead Emergency Communications Center "Medal of Honor."
"I didn't think I would get a medal, I just thought they would say 'good job.' I've been waiting my whole life for a medal. I'm just so happy that my mom is still here," K.C. said.
K.C. says he always thought his two sisters were the favorites of the family. But after that phone call, he says he's pretty sure he's his mom's new favorite child.