Quick thinking youngsters save mother’s life
By Gabby Landsverk, Sun Sailor Newspapers
It had been more than five years since Lindsi Goudy, of Hopkins, had suffered a grand mal seizure. But her children, Conner, 9, and Aubri, 7, knew exactly what to do when their mother fell to the ground, bleeding and unconscious, the morning of Feb. 13. The quick thinking and calm heroism of the youngsters saved their mom’s life, earning the pair Junior Life Saving Awards from the Hopkins Police Department.
On the day of the incident, Goudy was helping the children get ready for school when she went into convulsions, falling onto the floor and badly biting her lip in the process. As she lay bleeding, her son and daughter sprang into action, calling 911 and working as a team. As Aubri spoke to the dispatcher, Conner cared for his mother; when help finally came, Aubri was watched over Goudy while her brother led first responders to his waiting family.
Hopkins Police Officer Lucas Wilcox arrived at the scene, finding Conner waiting at the door to greet him and direct him to Goudy.
“They were ready to roll. It was like they were pros,” Wilcox said. “I’ve never seen someone their age acting so calm. Every question I had, they had the answer to.”
He added that it’s uncommon for even adults to manage so well under such high-stress circumstances.
“I’m so proud,” Goudy said. She was unconscious during the incident and woke up with everything under control. Several days later, Wilcox called Goudy to let her know what had happened.
“They knew what to do and had their jobs that they did,” Goudy said.
Conner dialed 911 and handed the phone to his sister, who calmly explained the situation to the dispatcher while Conner looked after Goudy.
“She handled the phone, I took care of Mom,” he said.
Aubri said she was scared at first but knew her mom needed her help.
The siblings sheepishly admit that they don’t always get along on ordinary days, but managed to find extraordinary courage at the crucial moment.
In honor of their actions, the two had a private tour of the police department, as well as award certificates and honorary junior officer badges.
“They’re our heroes,” Wilcox said.
He added that the children were incredibly humble in receiving their accolades — for them, coming to the rescue was all in a day’s work.
Goudy added that children love to read, are well-behaved and make their mom proud in everything they do.
“They’re excellent kids. They’re so smart, do really well in school, and I’m so proud of all their accomplishments,” she said.
Aubri said she wants to be a teacher when she grows up, while Conner aspires to be a shark scientist and his favorite is the saw shark.
Now, the two youngsters can add saving a life to their resume.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here,” Goudy said. “I love them so much.”
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