Every few years a story comes along telling the tale of an adorable child saving their parent’s life by making a call to 911. Unfortunately for Laura Toone of Arizona, her emergency included a great deal of blood getting splattered onto the telephone, scaring her 4-year-old daughters away from the scene. But Toone’s 2-year-old saved the day by making a FaceTime call to a family friend. For Bentley Toone, FaceTime is the new 911, and this tech-savvy baby’s call saved his mommy life.
Fortunately for Toone, the person Bentley called choose to answer the phone. Laura Toone’s friend Connie said that Bentley prank calls her so often that she rarely even picks up anymore. But this time, she said, she felt compelled to answer his call. And it’s a good thing she did; emergency services arrived shortly after and Bentley went to the door to let the firefighters in. Tech-savvy Bentley Toone will no doubt go down in history as one of America’s favorite life-saving babies; the FaceTime call that helped save his mommy is among the cutest to make the news.
In the past several years, a few cases have been contenders in the fight to save a parent in the cutest way possible. Just a few years ago, 5-year-old Savannah, from Indiana called 911 after her father had difficulty breathing. Her adorable conversation with the emergency operator was captured and spread across the internet for months. Most notably perhaps, Savannah told the operator that she had to go change out of her jammies before the paramedics arrived. However, Savannah was instructed to stay put, and she bravely remained on the line until help arrived.
Like Savannah, Bentley Toone has joined the ranks of the most adorable pint-sized life-savers in this country. Both kids are also a reminder of exactly how important it is for parents to vigilantly teach their children what to do in an emergency. Not only is it imperative for kids to know how to reach emergency resources, but they should also be taught what constitutes an emergency. Parents should have a talk with their kids about the difference between a problem and an emergency to avoid calls being made to 911 when they have difficulty with their homework, or get into an argument with a sibling.
Toone’s call is a great example of what an emergency might look like; he was known for making prank calls, which is dangerous, because those receiving prank calls might neglect to answer a call during an actual emergency. Ultimately, Toone’s story illustrates that answering a call can save the day, and that prank calls can be dangerous and cause someone to hesitate to take an emergency call.
Though some parents might be deterred the fact that their children treat technologically advanced gadgets like common toys, unfortunately, that is part of the deal these days. Iphones, Ipads, laptops and other electronic devices offer a large selection of apps and games for kids, but they can all become life-saving tools in an emergency. It is natural for kids to be kids and to make an occasional prank call, but diligently teaching small children about ways devices can be used in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. For Bentley Toone, a simple FaceTime call helped save his mommy’s life, and Laura is undoubtedly happy to have such a tech-savvy 2-year-old.
By Bonnie Sludikoff