Two young boys from Dinwiddie County are holding their mother close, after helping to save her life Sunday morning.
Xavier Daniels, 11, and his younger brother, Jabriel, 7, worked together to get their mom help after she went unconscious. Dinwiddie County Fire and Ems awarded them for their bravery and quick thinking, Monday afternoon.
The boys' mother, Tamika Daniels, 38, has suffered from breast cancer for just over a year. She says her sons have handled her fight with cancer, just as bravely as she has.
"Through the diagnosis… with chemo, radiation… They were right there," said Tamika Daniels.
After surviving a double mastectomy, Tamika has taught her sons how to help her, in case of a medical emergency. That's just the situation that surfaced, Sunday, just after 10 a.m..
Xavier knew to watch over his mother when she went to bed, feeling weak. Tamika had a bad week, with trips in and out of the hospital.
"I knew she didn't feel good. She had chemo and new medication," said Xavier.
The boys realized their mom wasn't breathing normally. Xavier didn't hesitate to dial 9-1-1:
Dispatch- "Is she talking to you right now?"
Xavier- "She's gone."
Dispatch- "Is she breathing?"
Xavier- "Yes, she's going (gasp)."
While Xavier was on the phone with dispatchers, Jabriel made calls of his own.
"First, I called my grandma. Then I called my dad. Then I called my daycare teacher," said Jabriel.
Xavier stayed by his mother's bedside, on the phone, making certain she stayed alive.
"I was putting my hand on her stomach making sure... it would go up and down… or putting my hand across her nose to see if she breathing," said Xavier.
Emergency crews were on the way.
Dispatch- "Just let her know that I have a rescue squad en route for her, okay?"
Xavier- "Make sure you get here as fast as possible, okay?"
After another hospital trip, Tamika will continue recovering, with her sons looking over her.
Now, a plaque from Dinwiddie Fire and EMS honors a boy's courageous effort. Xavier says he's proud of his plaque. Tamika says she's even prouder of her sons.
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