A California teenager is being praised for helping save his father’s life after a truck hit him.
Matthew Wilkinson was working on breaks from his work truck with his 15-year-old son, Dalin, on a late Monday evening at their Oakdale home when the rotator jammed.
The father went under the truck and started hitting the rotator, but the truck suddenly rolled over and fell on top of him. The impact of the truck had punctured his lung, broken a few ribs and separated his shoulder.
“All I could think about was the breath coming out of me,” Matthew told KCRA 3. “I was just crushed. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t scream.
Wasting no time, Dalin sprang into action and lifted the truck as high as he could to give his dad a chance to roll under it.
“It fell on him. I was afraid. I heard him make a sound like his soul was leaving his body. It was crazy,” Dalin said. “I just ran and tried as hard as I could to lift him enough to get him out.”
While in the hospital, Matthew didn’t know how it happened until someone from the family reviewed the security footage of the house, where he realized what Dalin had done.
Had Dalin not acted quickly, his father’s injuries could have been more severe, as a punctured lung from blunt chest trauma can be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Matthew has since returned from the hospital and is back with his family, and he is grateful that Dalin was there to act quickly and save his life.
“My son is my hero. He saved my life,” Matthew said.
It’s not the first time a son has acted heroically to save his father this year.
In January, a father in Wisconsin suffered a seizure while driving and crashed the vehicle. However, he was saved by his four-year-old son, who jumped out of the car and called a stranger for help.
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