WATCH: Two Nanaimo kids found themselves in the right place at the right time to save a woman’s life on their way to school. The eight-year-old and 11-year-old siblings heard cries from an open doorway and as Skye Ryan reports their quick thinking is being credited for their neighbour’s survival.
Noah and Meghan Lutz changed their route to school on a March morning and it turned out to be a lifesaver when they heard the cries of a woman in desperate need.
“It wasn’t that loud,” said eight-year-old Noah Lutz.
It was so faint, in fact, that others had even passed off the cries for a cat. But the siblings ran close enough to the Nanaimo home the cries were coming from to see that they belonged to a woman.
“We saw her back laying right here and yeah we saw her laying right here,” said 11-year-old Meghan Lutz pointing to the home’s entrance way.
It was their 90-year-old neighbour Lorraine Buchan, who by 8 a.m. on March 13, and was badly injured after a fall. She had laid in her front door for 10 cold hours.
“I couldn’t get up,” said Buchan.
“I prayed, I cried.”
“We heard her yelling faintly help,” said Noah.
“And then I ran up and I got a car,” said Meghan.
“And then I heard the truck starting next door and I went to get that truck,” said Noah.
“And they never go to school that route,” said Buchan.
“Now somebody upstairs was looking after me weren’t they?”
The widow had been taking her garbage out the night before when at around 10:30 p.m. she took a bad fall and couldn’t get up.
“She had this half of her face was all covered in blood,” said Buchan’s neighbour, Dodie Louie, putting her hand over the left side of her face.
“And it was all down her neck and her shoulder.”
After a long recovery in hospital, she has now returned home and reunited with her rescuers.
“I feel happy that we saved somebody’s life and we helped her,” said Meghan.
“There aren’t enough words to describe them. They’re beautiful,” said Buchan.
“They literally saved my life. I don’t know how I much longer I would have been there. They saved me.”
“Oh I just feel so incredibly proud of kids,” said the two children’s mother, Erin Lutz.
“They made such good decisions and they stayed calm.”
All reassuring the eight and 11-year-old’s to trust their instincts again on the road ahead.