Faced with a possible life or death situation, a 13-year-old boy kept calm, sprang into action, and may have saved lives. Jeremy Wuitschick is being called a hero for taking over the wheel of his school bus and steering it to safety when the driver started gasping for air and then suddenly fainted.
Jeremy, a seventh-grader from Milton, Washington, told his local news station, "It was pretty scary. I was just acting on instinct. It was all happening really quickly." The situation could have gone in a completely different direction had it not been for Jeremy's quick thinking. Jeff Short, the assistant superintendent of the district in which Jeremy's school is located, said the children who ride the bus are trained in emergency situations. In fact, they've been taught how to shut the bus down in an emergency.
Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes said of Jeremy, "He did the right thing, and we're going to do something for him. The kid definitely deserves credit." Jeremy revealed that the reason he's comfortable behind the wheel is because his mom lets him back the car out of the driveway when he washes it.
On social media, people are applauding Jeremy's valiant efforts. One person tweeted, "The world needs more kids like this one."
After the bus was safely pulled over, Jeremy's classmates called 9-1-1. A school staff member was driving behind the bus when he saw it pull over. Once he realized what had happened, he rushed to give the driver CPR. The driver, whose name has not been released, was admitted to the hospital suffering from a heart ailment.
A woman who lost her ability to speak after being hit by a truck is getting a second chance at communication thanks to the Apple iPad. Judy Miles suffered multiple severe injuries when she was hit and then run over by a pickup truck last March as she was on her way to work.
Surgeons had to remove part of her brain because of the trauma she had suffered. When Miles awakened, she could not talk or walk.
In the thirteen months since the accident, Miles has only been able to say "yeah" using her own voice. But now, a voice-generation app called Proloquo2go has liberated Miles in a way she never thought possible. The app speaks out loud text that she enters.
Miles said, "I felt very excited and relieved at the same time. I finally have a way to talk."
Thanks to this new technology, people with speech disabilities are able to use the iPad to communicate. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords used similar technology throughout her recovery from brain surgery after she was shot in January 2011.
Miles currently lives in a rehabilitation center and says she hopes to keep working on her communication until she can speak without assistance.