Camdyn Smith refused to listen to his mother one day and for once it actually paid off. Kids sometimes think they know best when they obviously do not, but this time he was 100% right and saved his mother's life.
He is only 9-years-old, but when he came home from school and noticed his mother, Kimberly, was acting strange he decided to take action. She kept saying that she was fine and just needed to go lay down but he was insistent that she go to the hospital.
Camdyn said that "When I got home she had trouble breathing, and she said it hurt whenever she took a breath, so I told her she needed to go to the hospital, but she kept saying she just wanted to stay here."
When she still wouldn't go he took it further, "I kept saying that we needed to go. So, I just went and got my shoes and coat on and told her we needed to go."
She finally listened and went to the doctor and it's a good thing she did.
After an initial trip to a doctor led to a frantic ambulance transfer to the hospital, they discovered that she was suffering from pulmonary embolisms in both of her lungs. They were full of clots and could have killed her.
"If I had taken the nap, there's a good chance it would've been a very different outcome. A sad one," She said in an interview.
Camdyn learned about the signs of a pulmonary embolism in school because his physical education teacher had battled the condition before. She was glad and relieved that he actually retained the information and was able to save his mom's life.
Kimberly spent seven days in the hospital and is now back home with her family. She is grateful that her son was so defiant and forced her to go to the hospital, saying that "He is definitely my hero. They say your life flashes before your eyes, and it's true. It makes you look at your kids in a whole different way."
The little hero is going to get a lot of practice looking after others. His family is growing and he will be relied upon to look after his little brother. Looks like he'll be more than up for the job, if this is any indication.
Thanks to Camdyn, this mother will be able to live a long and happy life with all her babies.