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Toddler Calls 911 Accidentally and Saves Dad's Life

A father from Florida collapsed on the floor during a medical episode. Fortunately, his toddler son dialed 911 by accident and saved his life. An officer from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrived quickly and administered first aid before transporting him to a nearby hospital.

This incredible incident occurred when a young child accidentally dialed 911 during an emergency and ended up saving the day. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in Florida reports that they got a hang-up call from a Spring Hill apartment building on Tuesday morning.

Even though such calls were “very common,” according to Deputy Nathan Kent, he went ahead and checked the area.

Upon arrival, Deputy Kent noticed a toddler wandering the parking lot by himself without any clothing.

Kent told a reporter:

“Having a kid myself, I was more concerned, ‘Hey, why is there an unsupervised kid?’ And that’s when I started looking around, and I saw the apartment complex door open with a bunch of kid toys.”

The child “walked with Deputy Kent to the apartment where the deputy announced his presence but did not receive a response,” according to a press release from the office. Later, the deputy saw an unconscious man lying on the floor who was “not breathing and without a pulse.”

The deputy didn’t waste any time. The man soon resumed breathing after he started applying chest compressions. The father was taken to a nearby hospital right away and later informed by staff that he “was having a medical episode but would make a full recovery,” according to the release.

Fortunately, the little boy messed around with the phone.

Kent noted that when they later looked at the phone number, they could see that the child had made 30 attempts to enter the wrong password. He most likely accidentally pressed the button.

Kent now hopes that the incident will act as a warning and a lesson for parents.

As the deputy clarified:

“My biggest thing is teaching your kids what to do in times like this, saying, ‘Hey, if something happens, go to a neighbor, get my phone, call somebody.’ Try to have some kind of setup just like a fire drill.”

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