“My Brain was Completely Frozen and My Body was Not Moving. I was Just Praying [To] God, that [My Son] will be OK”

In September 2015, three-year-old Parikshith Kumar wiggled out of his lifebelt and came close to drowning in a swimming pool at a Northville Township, Michigan, apartment complex. His father, Yathindra Kumar, said, “My brain was completely frozen and my body was not moving. I was just praying [to] God, that he will be OK.” Ryan Kilgore, a 21-year-old Wayne State University student, ran to the boy and performed CPR. Mr. Kilgore said, “I never thought I’d have to do anything like this.” As he revived the boy, another man called 911, and firefighters, paramedics, and police quickly arrived. The boy was taken to a hospital. Yathindra Kumar said about Mr. Kilgore, “We’re fortunate that he was right there at the right moment, otherwise we cannot imagine what would be the situation.” Parikshith’s seven-year-old brother, Vrishabh Kumar, said to Mr. Kilgore, “Thank you for saving my brother’s life.” Mr. Kilgore said about the boy whose life he saved, “His life is so precious and amazing. He’s bouncing off the walls. Just brings me to tears on the inside.”

For Further Information: Jane Park, “Family reunites with hero who saved three-year-old from drowning.” WXYZ (Detroit, Michigan). 20 September 2015; updated 21 September 2015 <http://tinyurl.com/oulaosx>.

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