A teacher has trusted her gut instinct to help a former student in a time of need.
Cameron Simoncic, 7, came home from school last week to find his diabetic father unconscious on the kitchen floor of his Greenville house in South Carolina.
Unable to unlock his dad’s passcode-protected phone and finding none of his immediate neighbours were home, Cameron jumped on his bike and began the eight-kilometre journey to his grandmother’s house.
He had to cross four lanes of traffic and dodge cars to get onto Highway 25, US news outlet WSPA reported.
Driving in the same direction was one of the teachers at his school, Keller Sutherland, who noticed a boy on his bike amongst the heavy traffic without realising it was Cameron.
“I just told my husband, ‘There’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road, I’m not sure what’s going on but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on’,” she told WSPA.
Ms Sutherland was shocked to discover the boy was a student of hers from last year.
She helped calm the boy down before two other drivers stopped and called 911.
By the time first responders arrived, Cameron was calm enough to give precise directions to his house.
Ms Sutherland followed, giving Cameron’s father the crackers she had bought from a school vending machine just a short time before, which helped to stabilise his blood sugar levels.
Praising the seven-year-old’s bravery and determination, Ms Sutherland said helping students to succeed did not always happen inside the classroom.
“I think we worked together as a team just to keep each other calm in that moment,” she said.
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