Kids Save Sitter
Young siblings dial 911 after baby-sitter stops breathing.
A 10-year-old Darien, Connecticut boy saved his baby-sitter's life by staying amazingly composed as he gave emergency crews important medical information over the phone.
Naida Maldonado was taking care of Tucker Stoops and his 7-year-old sister, Nina, when she had difficulty breathing and became unresponsive.
Tucker immediately called 911.
"She's making a strange noise, I don't know if she is OK," he said.
At one point, the little boy said, "Oh my God," and asked if he could call his dad.
911 needed him to stay on the line, so he did.
"I know she'd had some medical problems before, but I'm not sure if it's with her breathing," Tucker said.
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, who fielded the 911 call, said not only did Tucker provide the medical information emergency officials needed, but he was also remarkably polite.
Officers Stuart Schwengerer and Robert Dahm of the Darien Police quickly determine that Maldonado was in respiratory distress.
Darien EMS and Stamford Paramedics inserted a tube into Maldonado's airway.
Emergency room doctors told Tucker's mother, Christina Stoops, that Maldonado likely would have died if just a few more minutes had passed.
Maldonado, who has worked for the family for the past 10 years, is expected to fully recover.
The day after the call, Sgt. Johnson went to meet Tucker, who would not take the credit for saving his baby-sitter's life.
His 7-year-old sister, Nina, was the one who actually found the baby-sitter unresponsive and then told him, he said.