It is highly crucial to teach the kid some activities that involve keeping oneself safe when a calamity strikes. Swimming is one such sports activity. Here’s proof - When this 8-month pregnant mom took her kids to a swimming lesson, she became a hero as she saved the life of a young boy who almost drowned.
Stephanie Swedberg from Burnsville, Minnesota was 33 weeks pregnant when she did something that gave her the title of “hero”. The incident happened at Crystal Beach Park when she took her 3-year-old twin sons for a lesson in swimming.
This mom had a last-minute change in plans that day as she mostly is in Church on a Sunday but on that particular day, she decided to take her kids, Aiden and Declan to that location. As she was indulged in enhancing their water skills, she heard a few screams. She realized that another mom was calling for help.
She realized that a young kid was struggling to stay above the waters at the deeper end of that lake. That’s when this former lifeguard’s instincts led her to take action immediately. This mom had professional expertise in saving lives and knew what needed to be done in that instant.
“I’ve just known with these guys that I wanted them to learn how to swim as soon as possible”, she said in an interview. She added, “I didn’t really realize anything was off until I saw one of the moms fully dressed, sprinting into the water and screaming for somebody to help her son. Then I looked over and I saw one of the boys unable to keep his head above the water.”
Swedberg had no second thoughts when she heard the cry for help and noticed the 11-year old drowning. No one around her seemed to throw a lifeline to him. So, she took the control in her hands, asked her sister to take care of her babies and ran to get that kid out of the water.
She narrated the story later and said, “I’ve never swam so fast. It’s funny because I can’t even get my pants on these days. He wasn’t screaming … he was just thrashing around, bobbing a little bit.”
Her lifeguard training came handy during that terrifying incident and she saved his life. After she pulled out of the water, she kept putting some motivating words in his ears. She didn’t want him to be fearful of the water for the rest of his life. She revealed, “I encouraged him to keep going and said he’d be a good lifeguard because he knows how scary it is to struggle in the water.”
Swedberg said that she can’t emphasize enough on the topic of water safety. She wants kids to be trained well in this activity. “When I was 6 years old, I witnessed the death of a 3-year-old girl due to drowning”, this hero mom told in the interview. A tragic event like that leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime. Since witnessing that event, I’ve always placed an incredible importance on water safety.”