A young boy is giving thanks to the strangers who saved his life from a near-fatal drowning accident.
Back in May, Gedion, a 5-year-old from Eagan, Minnesota, and his sister somehow managed to leave their apartment, climb over a fence and get into the building’s pool.
But things quickly turned dangerous: Gedion struggled to stay afloat and drowned, sinking to the bottom of the pool.
His sister ran to get help, and found a man named Aheed Boulis. Boulis saw the crying girl, and hurrying to the pool, he quickly realized what was happening.
“I kept looking and then I saw somebody else in the pool,” Boulis told WCCO.
Realizing there was not a moment to lose, Boulis hopped the fence to rescue the boy—fracturing his tailbone in the process.
“It was worth everything,” he said.
Boulis jumped into the water to grab the child. But he wasn’t the only good Samaritan to show up and save the day.
There was also a construction worker named Aaron Titel, who, by some miraculous coincidence, happened to have recently taken CPR classes. He used his new life-saving skills on the child.
“[He was] lifeless, it was something I never ever want to experience again,” Titel said.
Titel continued to do CPR, keeping Gedion alive until emergency services arrived. The boy spent a month in the hospital.
But now he’s home, back in full health—and in July, finally got to meet the men who saved him.
The strangers’ heroics were not lost on the 5-year-old: when Titel offered Gedion a handshake, he responded by giving the man a hug.
“I saw him at the emergency room and he was almost dead,” Tesfaye Kebede, Gedion’s father, told WCCO.
“He survived because of them.”