Puyallup boy credited with helping save his mom's life

Puyallup boy credited with helping save his mom's life »Play Video
Bryce Smithlin
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A third grader from Puyallup was recognized with a life-saving award for how he handled a potentially deadly emergency with his mom.

From the 911 call he made to his actions after doctors lost hope, emergency workers say 9-year-old Bryce Smithlin handled the scary situation like a pro.

Bryce was cuddling with his mom on Saturday when she let out an unsettling gasp. Bryce ran for his father, who thought his wife was dead.

"There was no pulse and her chest wasn't moving at all, she wasn't breathing," said Bryce's dad, Tony Smithlin.

Acting quickly, Bryce ran to the phone and called 911. A dispatcher then coached Tony on CPR

"Bryce is holding the phone to my ear just like a solid rock," Tony said. "If ever a time when the heat is on, this is who I want on my team, for sure."

Paramedics raced Kyra Smithlin to Good Samaritan Hospital, where Tony said doctors had to defibrillate her 40 times.

Tony told his son that doctors said it was time to say goodbye. Bryce ran to room 515 to see his mother.

"I just ran to my mom and said, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry if I did anything bad or anything. I love you mom. Stay strong. If you have to go it's okay," Bryce said.

From that moment on, his mom's heart stabilized. Bryce's tiny voice cut through the chaos and the staff stepped back and let him work wonders.

"They could just see on the monitors whatever he's doing, whatever he's saying, is working, for hours until he fell asleep next to me. When I came to I wrote, 'Bryce is amazing,' so I know I heard him. I must have," Kyra said.

Kyra now prays every day, thankful for the son who saved her life. Doctors diagnosed Kyra with a dangerous heart condition and implanted a pacemaker. She is expected to make a full recovery.