West Hempstead mom, Tameka Gabriel, credits son with saving her life

Tameka Gabriel believes an allergic reaction to aspirin

Tameka Gabriel believes an allergic reaction to aspirin created a severe asthma attack on Saturday. (Credit: News 12)

WEST HEMPSTEAD - A 7-year-old boy helped save his mother’s life over the weekend after she had a life-threatening asthma attack inside her West Hempstead home.

Tameka Gabriel believes an allergic reaction to aspirin created a severe asthma attack on Saturday.

Her quick-thinking son, Thomeek, called 911 and told dispatchers his mother could not breathe. The second-grader was also able to tell the dispatcher where he lived.

First responders rushed Gabriel to Mercy Medical Center to be treated. She says she can't believe her son knew exactly what to do in the few seconds it mattered most.

"I really thought I was going to die,” said Gabriel. “I'm just looking at him and thinking, ‘I really don't want to die in front of my kids.’”

Inspector Ken Lack, of the Nassau County Police Department, says it’s important for children to know what to do during a medical emergency.

The mother says she plans to get a medical alert bracelet in case of an emergency in the future. She says the family plans to have a special luncheon for Thomeek to thank him.

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