Monday, January 31, 2011
Youngest to make a lifesaving call: 3 Year Old AJ Hayes sets world record
KEIZER, Oregon, USA -- Three-year-old AJ Hayes called 911 after his father Aaron accidentally cut himself with a wood chisel, possibly saving his life and also setting the world record for the Youngest to make a lifesaving call. Photo: Three-year-old AJ Hayes called 911 after his father Aaron accidentally cut himself with a wood chisel, possibly saving his life. Photo: Thomas Patterson (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the youngest mayor was set by High School student, Michael Sessions (USA, 22 September 1987), who was elected on 8 November 2005 and sworn in as Mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan, USA at the age of 18 years, 61 days.
Guinness World Records also recognized the youngest player to appear in 1,000 games in NBA career: Kobe Bryant, aged 31 years and 177 days, when playing for Los Angeles Lakers against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Aaron Hayes was doing work around the house when he accidentally stabbed himself in the arm with a wood chisel. He severed a main artery and was bleeding heavily.
AJ, who has blond hair, big blue eyes and light-up Velcro tennis shoes, grabbed the phone and called the numbers his dad taught him: 911.
A.J. told the emergency operator that his father was hurt and, "You have to come. He really needs help."
A police officer was dispatched and a 911 operator called back, asking the boy if his father needed police or an ambulance. This time the little boy said "OK" and hung up again.
Keizer Fire District spokeswoman Anne-Marie Penge says the operator heard a second voice in the background "screaming in agony for help" so an ambulance and fire crew were dispatched.
A local police officer arrived first and found Hayes leaning over the kitchen counter. The officer wrapped a towel around Hayes' wound to apply pressure.
He was taken to an area hospital, treated for the wound and released.
"I said, 'I love you, Dad,'" AJ said. His father responded: "Thank you, son, you saved my life."
Paramedics said Hayes easily could have bled to death. They point to this as another example of the importance of teaching kids how to use 911.
Keizer fire officials said it is never too early to teach children to call 911. Even if they don't know their address, 911 is easy, important and saves lives, Penge said.
The three year old was able to let dispatchers know that his dad needed help, and unlocked the door so police could get in. Paramedics say without his quick action, his dad would have bled to death.
When the boy was asked how he was able to call for help, A.J. replied, "I knew my numbers."