When 9-year-old Camdyn got home from school one day, he could see his mother was having trouble breathing, so he did something amazing.
Kimberly Smith is a single mother of three, including a newborn baby, and she’s very accustomed to feeling tired. But her wonderful son Camdyn always makes sure to help out around the house and care for the baby—everything from having a bottle ready when he’s hungry, to even changing his diaper.
But that day, when Kimberly told her son she was fine, he decided to disobey her.
She was having chest pains and trouble breathing, and Camdyn wanted her to get it checked out at the hospital. Kimberly said it wasn’t necessary, that she would just go take a nap with the baby and be fine.
So Camdyn put down his foot.
“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,” Camdyn said.
She saw Camdyn at the door, uncharacteristically upset, and finally relented.
The family got into the car and went to see the doctor—which turned into an emergency room visit where they found something life threatening.
Kimberly was suffering from pulmonary embolisms, and both of her lungs were filled with blood clots.
“If I had taken the nap, there’s a good chance it would’ve been a very different outcome,” Kimberly said. “A sad one.”
Kimberly ended up spending a week at the hospital recovering, and doctors told her she was lucky Camdyn told her she needed to go to hospital when he did.
Every time her kids visited her at the hospital, it was difficult, she said. “It was hard for me to see them sad.”
But the whole family was grateful for Camdyn’s insistence.
“He’s definitely my hero,” Kimberly said. “They say your life flashes before your eyes, and it’s true. It makes you look at your kids in a whole different way.”
Camdyn couldn’t quite pinpoint why he felt so strongly that something was wrong, but he had recently learned about pulmonary embolisms in his fourth grade P.E. class, and it turned out that was exactly what his mother had.
Timathi Fitzpatrick, Camdyn’s P.E. teacher, had the illness herself.
“It sounds like something stuck with him pretty well,” she said.
“I’m so proud of you guys,” Kimberly told her sons.
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