Young heroes Abby and Brodie Johnston, whose quick thinking may have saved the life of a neighbour who suffered a stroke in his front yard.
Young heroes Abby and Brodie Johnston, whose quick thinking may have saved the life of a neighbour who suffered a stroke in his front yard. Rob Barich

Elderly man owes his life to kids

TWO quick-thinking siblings put their surf lifesaving training to good use when they helped an elderly neighbour who was having a stroke in his front yard.

Brodie, 13, and Abby Johnston, 11, were riding to school in the morning when Brodie noticed Henry Farlow had fallen onto some gardening implements in his Norville yard on Thursday morning.

“We didn’t know what was wrong, but we got there and got the shovels out of the road,” Brodie said.

“We held him in the recovery position and talked to him.”

Brodie and his 11-year-old sister flagged a motorist down, who called the ambulance, while they comforted Mr Farlow’s wife, Dawn.

“She was shaking and bound to go into shock,” Brodie said.

The siblings placed a pillow under Mr Farlow’s head and reassured his wife as they waited for the ambulance.

They have been commended by the Farlow family for their actions, while Mr Farlow remains in a serious condition in hospital following the massive stroke.



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