As parents, protecting and safeguarding our children comes first and foremost—it’s something we usually don’t even think about—that’s just how it is. But on one Friday evening in Mullins, South Carolina, roles were unexpectedly reversed for 9-year-old Ethan Welch and his mom, Brenda.
The mother of four was driving her son Ethan to the hospital after he had busted his chin at school—but on the way there, things took a nasty turn and it was Ethan having to take Brenda to the hospital.
“I was driving with my foot when I pulled her foot…her leg over my head and then when I got done doing that I started driving.”
Ethan recalls the moment his mother suddenly clutched her chest in the middle of driving.
“It was like right in the middle of 80 and 100 [mph on the speedometer],” said Ethan, who was sitting in the passenger seat at the time. The car was speeding when his mom suddenly clutched her chest and had a seizure. That’s when the 9-year-old calmly took control of the vehicle.
A volunteer firefighter, Mark Rogers, witnessed the whole thing.
He was driving in his van behind Brenda and Ethan when he saw the car swerve out of control suddenly before turning into a grassy field where Ethan had steered it to a safe stop in front of a forest. “I think he’s a hero,” said Rogers of the 9-year-old.
“He saved our lives and…it’s a miracle.”
Miraculously, Brenda and Ethan both walked away unharmed. The South Carolina mom is grateful for her son’s quick thinking that saved her life. “When it comes to them protecting you it’s amazing to know that they can,” she said.