April 4, 2009

Positivity: Boy acts quickly to help save father’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:07 am

From Ipswich, Massachusetts:

Wed Mar 25, 2009, 02:24 PM EDT

Seven-year-old Cam James may not have known he was saving his father’s life. But, that’s just what he did.

On Feb. 3, Paul James, a diabetic, went into cardiac arrest. While James’ wife, Christine, performed CPR, Cam searched for and found the phone and then called 911. He then opened the door for Police Sgt. Peter Nikas and Officer Ted Galvin when they arrived at the house on Maple Avenue.

Christine James said she had heard her husband scream. When she got to him, he was lying on the floor. The whole family had been sick, she said, and when James’ blood sugar and potassium levels elevated, his heart stopped.

“I yelled for Chris,” James said. “I didn’t know I was dying.”

Christine performed CPR on her husband, who gasped but quickly became unconscious again.

When Nikas and Galvin arrived, they performed CPR, but eventually had to use the defibrillator to revive James, who was then transported to Beverly Hospital, where he lay in a coma for two days.

James, who also has a 4-year-old daughter, Lexi, said he didn’t know what had happened when he first woke up in the hospital. But, he remembers vividly that his brother-in-law was joking with him, trying to cheer him up. James said he was asking, “What’s going on” and “Where am I?” His brother-in-law, he said, told him he’d been unconscious for a bit and added, “But, don’t worry. The kids are fine. Cam’s graduating high school and Lexis’ getting married.”

Heroes recognized

Cam James, a first-grader at the Doyon School, received an award from the Fire Department for his role that day in saving his father’s life. In a short ceremony at the Fire Station, firefighter Keith Carlson gave him the award in the presence of his family and Fire Chief Art Howe.

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