Home-security video shows the moment an Oklahoma mother experiencing a seizure in her backyard pool was saved from drowning by her 10-year-old son.
Mother Lori Keeney posted the footage on Facebook on August 5 and wrote that “one of [her] worst nightmares” had come to life that morning.
The video shows Keeney convulsing in the water as her son, Gavin, dives into the pool and cradles her to hold her head above the water. Keeney’s father, Stephen Lowe, who lives next door, then arrives and pulls his visibly distressed daughter into his arms.
Keeney said it was “very, very hard” for her to watch the video as she had never seen herself having a seizure nor Gavin “in action,” but shared it to acknowledge Gavin’s bravery.
“LOOK AT MY BABY SAVING MY LIFE…literally saving my life,” Keeney wrote on Facebook. “I’m okay, I took in just a little water we think before Gavin got me. I can’t believe I’m typing this. I CAN believe what I saw in Gavin, my little hero. I just can’t believe he HAD to do it and that’s what breaks my heart,” she continued.
Speaking to Storyful, Keeney said never swims alone and said Gavin had just got out of the pool and was close by on a porch when the seizure began. “I was told later that he never asked for help. My dad, who lives next door, heard the dogs barking and he ran out and jumped in as Gavin held me on the ladder and kept my head above water,” she said.
“Gavin stepped back and you can see the moment he got to be a little boy again,” Keeney said. “My Dad then pulls us into a group hug. It was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
This was the second time Gavin had helped save his mom’s life. In May 2021, when Keeney began choking on food, Gavin quickly attempted the Heimlich maneuver but, lacking the required strength, called 911 and guided emergency responders to his mom, KTEN reported.
“He’s not just my hero that day; he’s my hero every day,” Keeney told the station.
Gavin was lauded for his quick response and made an honorary member of the Enos/Cardinal Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the report said.
“He’s been through so much with me and my health and he handles it with such grace and maturity,” Keeney told Storyful. “Proud isn’t even enough of a word!” Credit: Lori Keeney via Storyful
- Yeah, that's when he got scared. Then you kind of passed out. Then you wake up.
- Oh, baby.