A five-year-old boy from France has been praised for his bravery after helping to save the life of his father, who had suffered a heart attack, by jumping on his bike to find help in filthy conditions at night.
The child, named Kévin-Djéné Godin, decided to ride to his mother’s workplace after his father fell ill. Before he left home, he put his two-year-old sister next to his father, reports Telegraph.co.uk, citing the newspaper Ouest France.
Dressed only in pyjamas and flip-flops, he set of at 10.30pm through the rain to try and reach her place of work, which was six miles from the village of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour in eastern Brittany.
A passing motorist, Jean-François Pinot, spotted the youngster and stopped. “He was soaked through and freezing,” he said. ”That road is very dangerous.”
He said that the child, who did not appear to have fully understood what had happened, told him: “I’m going to fetch my mummy because my daddy is dead.”
While Kévin-Djéné was keeping warm in the car, Mr Pinot called the police, but said that initially, “We couldn’t work out where he lived or where his mother worked.”
After an hour, however, the police did find the family home where they discovered the boy’s father and called an ambulance, as well as contacting Kévin-Djéné’s mother.
Mr Pinot said: “This little boy is incredible. What he did was very smart.” But he added that “other drivers passed him without stopping.”
Kévin-Djéné’s father, aged 58, is now recovering after being treated in hospital and says he is very proud of his son.
Mr Pinot said the boy’s mother had called him to say thank you. “I had tears in my eyes. It’s a beautiful shining light in our world,” he added.
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