Sons credited with saving mother’s life

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- It’s a situation that could happen to anyone at any time. But when an emergency strikes would your kids know what to do to save your life?

Thanks to the quick thinking and action from an eleven and twelve year old their mom is back home recovering after a stroke.

It was exactly two weeks ago when eleven year old Wyatt Sherry and his 12-year old brother Will made the call to 9-1-1.

Wednesday the boys were hailed for their quick actions that saved their mother from suffering from a massive stroke.

9-1-1 Dispatcher: “Our caller is 11 years old and mom is the one that is having the reaction. He says her face is real swollen and she is having a hard time talking,”

It’s a call that 41-year old Stephanie Sherry never thought her two boys would ever have to make.

“I knew something was really wrong and I knew that I needed to get help,” Stephanie Sherry said.

Two weeks ago Sherry was making lunch for her two boys when she started losing feeling in her arm. The telltale signs of a stroke.

Eleven year old Wyatt said, “She didn't look good. Her left arm was shaking and she couldn't control it and her face was all puffed up. She was talking really weird and she couldn't move her whole left side.”

Stephanie quickly got the attention of her two boys. That’s when Wyatt knew exactly what to do.

“He called 9-1-1 and I called my neighbor and my dad and from there they took her to the hospital,” brother Will Sherry said.

Brian Sherry says if it weren't for the quick thinking of his two boys he may have lost his wife.

“Had they not moved as quickly as they did we may not have had time to push the drug that broke up the clot that saved Stephanie from what would have been a massive stroke,” Brian Sherry said.

Two weeks after the boys made the call to 9-1-1 neighbors and members of the Memorial High School hockey team surprised them with a party at Geno’s Slice and Ice to recognize their heroism.

“I don't think I could have thought that quick like they did so I’m definitely looking up to them. They are amazing,” Memorial hockey player Dylan Ross said.

For the family, a long road to recovery begins, but they hope others can learn a lesson from this situation.

“Teach your kids to call 9-1-1. Teach them how to pick up the phone and make that call because you don't know at what age your child will have to do that. I would have never dreamt that my 11 and 12 year old would have to call 9-1-1 for me. I’m 41 years old and I didn't expect to have the stroke,” Stephanie said.

The Sherry family says Stephanie will undergo plenty of physical therapy over the next couple of months but she is expected to make a full recovery.


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