‘God, Don’t Let them Watch Me Choke to Death’—Mom Urges Parents to Teach Kids This ‘Basic Life Skill’ After Close Call

As she was getting ready to hand Abe the phone, Lindsay said she leaned over as far as she could in the chair and just began to pray.

“God, I really need your help. Don’t let my kids see this happen, don’t let them watch me choke to death.”

The Lord totally intervened, and Lindsay was able to take the “tiniest gasp air.” It was loud and it scared Abe to death, but it allowed her to cough once, which led to another gasp of air, and more coughing.

The whole experience was a wake-up call for Lindsay, who has spent years preparing her kids for emergencies just like this.

“My kids have to know what to do in emergency situations because of Hunter. It had never ever occurred to me that they would have to call for me,” she said, adding that it’s something she takes for granted.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Smith

Lindsay says in her experience, any child over the age of three needs to feel comfortable calling 911 to ask for help. And there’s no better time to start teaching them, than right now.

“Moms are spending an unprecedented amount of time with their kids right now…the best way you can spend your time is teaching them things like how to call 911, how to remember their address, knowing your phone number, and what to do in emergency situations without being scared.”

Since sharing her experience, Lindsay has received a flood of responses from parents who were moved to take action in their own households—teaching kids how to call 911 from a phone, from Alexa, and from Siri.

“You have to get a little creative these days with locked phones,” Lindsay says, adding that kids need to know which neighbors to run to if they need help.

Many people responded saying that they haven’t taught their kids these preparedness tools out of fear of them ever having to use them.

“It’s not scary, it’s empowering, and it will keep your family safe,” she said. “You have this peace of mind knowing that you have help.”

In those terrifying moments when she couldn’t breathe and her 5-year-old was yelling, asking if she was okay, Lindsay said it’s knowing that her kids were prepared and not scared, that brought her peace.

“Lord, at least when I pass out I will know that help is on the way for my kids,” she remembers thinking. “At least if I didn’t make it, someone would be there for my kids, they wouldn’t be alone for hours until their dad got home.”

Lindsay says ultimately, she’s thankful for Jesus and His protection, and she hopes sharing her story will lead to others equipping their kids with this basic life skill that has, and will continue to save lives.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Smith

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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