BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A Mountain Brook man was saved from drowning in his swimming pool last week, all thanks to his two young boys and their friend. They are now called heroes.
It was such a close call and happened just days before Father’s Day. Fortunately, the two sons were able to celebrate the holidays with their father last weekend.
It’s an experience that no one expects to have.
Brad Hassig was swimming in his backyard pool with his two ten-year-old boys, Bridon and Christian, and their friend Sam Ebert.
“I like to do breathing exercises,” Brad said. “It’s calm and relaxing. I love being underwater; something I do all the time. I say the Lord’s Prayer when I do this. It’s a kind of meditation… I don’t remember finishing it.
Brad says the next thing he remembers is feeling relaxed and peaceful.
“He usually sits a bit like he’s meditating,” Christian said. “I could see he was shaking a bunch and then he just lay on his side. Since I had glasses, I could see that her face was turning very light blue. I said to Bridon: “Dad is not well”.
“Me and Sam dove in the water and I got one shoulder and he got the other,” Bridon said. “We just dragged him up the steps.”
Brad was unresponsive and the boys swung into action. As Christian quickly ran for help, Bridon began resuscitating his father.
“I gave him some CPR first, then I started doing mouth-to-mouth, then he started throwing up foam, salt water and blood,” Bridon said.
“It felt like I had just been slammed in the side,” Brad said. “When I came to, I was coughing up blood and water, it was hard to breathe, and there were people everywhere. My only son was screaming, ‘Daddy, daddy, come back!’ »
He was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room at Grandview Medical Center where he was admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit. They kept him in the hospital overnight and he was released 24 hours later.
“I mean, it’s just that the emotions overwhelm you and your boys saved your life,” Brad said. “There is no physical way they could have done what they did. They hadn’t been trained to do what they were doing, to move that fast, to run that fast, that far, to know how to signal someone to call 911 while the other one was doing CPR on you. I mean, it’s a thing of God. The hand of God was all over it.
“I felt like I was a voice, because it wasn’t them or Sam,” Bridon said. “I felt like a voice in my head, ‘Save your father.’ Jesus put a hand on our shoulder and guided us through the game.
“When he came home, it must have been the happiest moment of my life,” Christian said.
“I probably hugged him for two minutes straight like I didn’t want to let go,” Bridon said.
“I love them,” Brad said. “I am very proud of them and grateful. I will be grateful for the rest of my life.
Bridon and Christian said they learned how to save someone from the movies. While the boys had no training, the Hassig family now wants to set up group training to help certify adults and children on how to perform CPR.
Brad says the first thing to remember: never swim alone.
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