Greetings once again from the team at the OM@home blog, a blog about children and young people, written for children and young people . . . . For young people just like you, about young people who inspire us here at OM HQ.
Young people like Tristin Saghin . . . .
He might be just nine but when all the adults around him began to panic, it was Tristin's cool head that saved the day . . .
It had been a routine morning. Visiting his grandmother, at her home in Mesa, Arizona, Tristin had been inside, playing his favorite video game. But then the screaming started.
Dashing outside, Tristin found his mom and his grandmother in hysterics. Brooke, his two-year-old sister, had been found floating in the pool. The adults, he realized, didn't know what to do.
'I told grandma to call an ambulance,' explained Tristin - whose quick thinking saved his little sister's life. 'I did CPR on her and [before long] she started to breathe a little bit'.
Tristin, remember, is a nine-year-old . . .
'I couldn't imagine what was going through his mind,' said Captain Forrest Smith, from the Mesa Fire Department. 'Here he is, in a situation where most of us, if we had a family member in that position, tend to panic. [We] give kudos out to him'.
Us too, because Tristin's response leaves us in awe. Not that he considers himself a hero . . .
'She's beautiful and I love her so much,' he said about Brooke. Here at OM HQ, where such connections are celebrated in the OMs crafted in our studio, this tale has touched us a great deal indeed.
It demonstrates that the bond between brothers and sisters is special, that instinct takes over should those dearest to us find themselves in danger and that no matter our age or size, we all have it in us to be heroes.
Here's to Tristin, for coming to the rescue; here's to Brooke, for having the best big brother around; and here's to them both, for sharing a bond that cannot be broken . . .