There’s no denying that parents do a lot for their kids. They feed, bathe, and clothe them. They deal with tears and sleepless nights, constant complaints and unnecessary whining. They help them through school, and cheer them on at sporting events. But most importantly, parents give their children the greatest gift of all, life. So when a child saves their parents, it’s the ultimate thing you can do because you’re giving your parents the best thing they ever gave to you, you’re giving them life.
These 10 children who saved their parents’ lives show how important it is to know what to do in emergency situations and how truly amazing children can be. Being so young and yet so brave is why these kids are on this list. They acted on instinct and were able to save the lives of the people they love the most, through unbelievable strength or unimaginable bravery. And all of them are under the age of 11! We hope the parents of these little heroes bumped up their allowance after they saved their lives. They’ll need as much money as they can get if they want to apply to med school in the future.
10 5-Year-Old Saves Dad from Burning Home
Angelica Riggins was only 5 years old when she saved her father’s life. Kenneth Riggins was woken up at 2am by his dogs, and smelled smoke. He ran to wake up his daughter, who just went through fire safety training at school. Unbelievably, she knew exactly what to do, and crawled out of the house on her hands and knees. She ran across the street to the neighbors and called 911. The fire department arrived a few minutes later and she told them that her dad never followed her out of the house and that he was still in there. Riggins was safely rescued thanks to his super smart and extremely brave daughter.
9 Two Sisters Lift 2000 Pound Tractor Off Of Their Father
Adrenaline causes you to be stronger than you would have ever thought you could be. This was the case for two young girls from Oregon, who saved their father’s life because of adrenaline-fueled strength. 16-year-old Hannah and her 14-year-old sister Hannah found their father pinned underneath a 2000 pound tractor while working on their Oregon farm. The sisters called 911 and summoned the strength to lift the tractor off of their father. He later admitted that he himself probably could not have lifted the tractor; “To think of two small teenage girls being able to do something like that was incredible.”
8 Brave Little Girl Saves Mom
In Florida, 7-year-old Rita found her mother lying unconscious on the floor. Rita grabbed a piece of pizza and slapped her mom in the face with it. But when that didn’t help wake her up, Rita called 911. The little girl didn’t know her new address, but knew her neighborhood well enough to direct the ambulance to her place. When the emergency medical services arrived, Rita was standing outside of her house waving her arms in the air. She saved her mother that day because she was calm under pressure. The Sarasota County Fire Department awarded Rita an award for her bravery.
7 Boy Saves Father From Bull Attack
10 year-old Tom Phillips was hanging out on his family’s farm when suddenly one of their bulls began to violently attack his father Andrew. He flew into the air and fell to the ground, unconscious, and the bull started trampling and kicking him. Tom acted quickly, he jumped onto his father’s tractor and drove full-speed ahead towards to bull to scare him off. Andrew suffered from internal bleeding and ten broken ribs, but was able to pull through because of Tom’s heroic efforts. He never drove his father’s tractor until that day, but now he’s allowed to drive it as much as he wants.
6 Five-Year-Old Becomes a Real-Life Superhero
Jailyn Emmett suffers from supraventricular tachycardia, a heart-rhythm disorder. The mother of four boys just got off the phone with her husband when she started experiencing shortness of breath, chest pains, and felt her heart beating rapidly. Frightened, she called her parents, and when no one answered she called 911. But suddenly Emmett collapsed on her bedroom floor. Her five-year-old son Tregan walked in on his mom laying on the floor and picked up the phone from the ground. The 911 operator asked him what was going on and he informed the dispatcher that his mother died, and referred to himself as Spider-Man. Tregan stayed on the line and flashed the lights outside of his house so that the paramedics could locate him. He saved his mother’s life because he stayed calm and offered as much help as he could.
5 Boy Saves Mother from Choking
Keith Corbett’s mother Genene began chocking on a piece of a chocolate bar when her son came to her aid. The 11-year-old found her and asked her to give him a thumbs up if she needed help. She did, and he began to give his mother the Heimlich maneuver. Keith dislodged the piece of chocolate from his mother’s throat because of something he was recently taught in school. Genene proclaimed that if Keith hadn’t had been there to help her, she probably wouldn’t have made it. No word on whether or not Genene still eats chocolate bars.
4 Young Girl Saves Mom and Brothers From Fire
10-year-old Samantha Christian woke up in the middle of the night to the smell of fire in her home. She woke up her mother, who proceeded to try to put out the fire with water, while Samantha brought her young brothers to the neighbor’s house one by one, carrying them all by herself. She was quick enough to get both of them to safety before the house went up in flames. Most of the Christian family’s belongings didn’t make it, but everyone inside made it out okay because of Samantha. She stated, “Clothes, metal, jewelry – all sorts of stuff can be replaced, but humans can’t.”
3 Boy Saves Father From Car Accident
Joshua Garcia was only 8 years old when he saved his father’s life. After their car collided into a guardrail, Joshua and his father Eugene’s car went airborne, flipped, and then landed upside down in the middle of the Nashua River in Massachusetts. Luckily the car didn’t hit the water, landing on a sandbank instead. Eugene Garcia was stuck inside the car, so Joshua climbed out, waded through the river, and then ran barefoot to his home, a mile away, and told his mother to call 911. What’s even more unbelievable is that Joshua was able to act so level-headedly at 3 o’clock in the morning, the time of the accident.
2 Boy Runs Half-Mile to Save Father
On the way home from a Cub Scout event, Damian Kisselburg and his father Gus, got into a bad car accident. 9-year-old Damian was able to crawl out of the wrecked car, and after witnessing the state his father was in, ran to his grandparents’ house a few blocks away. After realizing that they weren’t home, he ran a half-mile to his house to tell his mother to call 911. His dad was rescued on time, and was back to feeling 100% after some surgery. Damian saved his father’s life because he assessed the situation and did everything he could to get help without hesitation, even though he thought his legs were going to give out because of the distance.
1 Girl Saves Father while Inside a Moving Vehicle
7-year-old Natalie was driving with her father and her younger sister when her dad started unsteadily and fitfully driving the car and not answering his two daughters when they asked him what was going on. Natalie climbed over her dad in the front seat and grabbed his phone from his pocket. She called 911 and the operator helped her bring the car to a full stop so that the emergency medical services could take her father out of the car and to the hospital. Natalie’s father suffered from diabetic shock, but because of his daughter’s bravery, he survived and no one else in the vehicle was hurt.