That’s when Cyrus quickly called 911 and jumped into action to help his mom.
“I was in fight or flight mode
,” Cyrus told CNN
. He kept checking on the wound as Kristen held her sweatshirt against it to apply pressure while answering questions with the dispatcher
The dispatcher then instructed Cyrus to find things around the house to form a makeshift tourniquet.
On the first attempt, he used a string from their junk drawer that broke, which worried them both. But Cyrus kept looking around for items.
“I’m there on my knees looking for anything to use and I rip off the laces on my new shoes,” Cyrus explained. “I didn’t take a second to untie them or anything.”
On the side of the house, he found a small piece of plywood and began making the tourniquet. He made a knot with the shoelaces on her arm, put the stick on the knot and began twisting.
“It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever felt, and I’ve broken bones and had children,” Kristen told CNN.
“Between the fight or flight mode and the adrenaline, I just kept thinking ‘Don’t stop, don’t think about it,'” Cyrus said. “The whole time we were trying to keep each other calm,” Kristen added.
直後に, the ambulance arrived to take over and they speedily rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Kristen told CNN that a tourniquet was on her arm for a total of 40 分, between the homemade one and the hospital one.
Her wrist and arm suffered from severed arteries and nerves which led to two surgeries, lasting about seven hours total. “The hand surgeon said I was a quarter of an inch going through my entire wrist,” Kristen said.
The wound is about two inches wide on her wrist and goes down another two inches on her forearm. Luckily the stitches are now out, but she has a long road to recovery with therapy.
Kristen explained how grateful she is for the EMS and the hospital staff, but especially for Cyrus for being there and jumping to help.
“It was one of those things where you may see a procedure done on TV and you’re like ‘Oh yeah whatever,’ but then you see it in real life or it happens to you and it’s a completely different thing,” Kristen noted.