Toddler saves dad’s life after accidentally dialing 911

A toddler saved his dad’s life by accidentally calling 911. 

  • A child saved his dad’s life by accidentally dialing 911.
  • The toddler was playing around with the phone and randomly called 911 as his father had a “medical episode.” 
  • Thankfully, officers responded to the call, and the man is now expected to make “a full recovery.” 

On Tuesday, at around 10:45 a.m., deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 hang-up call. As People reports, the call was made from an apartment complex in Spring Hill.


According to Deputy Nathan Kent, hang-up 911 calls are “very common.” He told CW44:

“We get quite a few of them due to people having disabled cell phones and their kids play with them.”

Even though similar calls were typically made by accident, deputy Kent decided to respond anyway. When he entered the building, he noticed a child wandering around the parking lot without a parental figure nearby. Kent explained:

“Having a kid myself, I was more concerned, ‘Hey, why is there an unsupervised kid?’ And that’s when I started looking around, and I saw the apartment complex door open with a bunch of kid toys.”

The officer then saw a man lying unconscious on the floor.

The toddler’s father was not breathing and had no pulse at the time. 

Thankfully, shortly after the deputy started chest compressions, the man began breathing again. He was immediately rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

According to a press release, the hospital staff said that the man was having a “medical episode.” However, they assured that the father would make a full recovery.


Deputy Kent said that the child was messing around on the phone and accidentally dialed 911, saving his dad’s life. He explained:

“The phone number, we looked later on, you could see that [the child] tried typing the password and it had 30 attempts that was the wrong password. It was probably accidental that he hit the button.”

Furthermore, officer Kent advises:

“My biggest thing is teaching your kids what to do in times like this, saying, ‘Hey, if something happens, go to a neighbor, get my phone, call somebody.’ Try to have some kind of setup just like a fire drill.”

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