It has been proven time and time again that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, the hero of this story is an 80-pound 11-year-old boy.
Advaik Nandikotkur was hanging out at the pool of his apartment building with his family when the man sank to the bottom of the deep end, his arms outstretched and his eyes wide from eight feet down in the water. When no one else was capable of saving the drowning man, the young boy quickly took into action after his mother, Lalitha Mareddy, told him to get in and help.
Although he was with his parents and uncle, Advaik was the only one who knew how to swim.
The boy hesitated at first as he only learned how to swim three years before, and thought that the man might be too heavy for him. But despite these concerns, he dived into the indoor pool and swam down eight feet in the hope to save the 34-year-old man, from Chicago, who was visiting family at the building.
Advaik eventually lifted the man outweighing him by 100 pounds to the surface and his father helped him get the man out of the pool.
After the man was out of the pool, the boy’s uncle performed CPR on him as they waited for police to arrive. Even though Advaik’s uncle had never undergone CPR training, he started performing the procedure based on what he had seen in movies and television.
A few minutes later, the man started to move his hands. Paramedics then arrived on the scene and escorted the man to the hospital where he has since made a full recovery.
Eagan Police officer Aaron Machtemes said:
“I have never seen anything like this. A child saving an adult from drowning is something I never even considered.
He’s a typical 11-year-old boy. He’s very quiet. But when the time was right, he jumped in and did what he needed to do.”
Advaik said the man thanked him for saving his life. He also gave him a $50 gift card to express his gratitude.
Eagan Police Department Tweeted that Advaik and his uncle had been nominated for their “Life Saving Award.”
5 Million Indian Women Form 385-Mile Human Chain To Promote Equality
“Kerala has built a wall of resistance against the dark forces that wish to push women back to the dark ages.”
Women are doing whatever they can to promote equality around the world. On the first day of 2019, five million Indian women decided to make a powerful statement. They lined the streets to form a 385-mile human chain calling for gender equality and women's rights.
The human chain was formed in the state of Kerala in India. Five million women gathered on January 1, 2019, holding out their fists in solidarity with their sisters. The event brought in ladies of all ages, caste, and walks of life in an effort to promote equality. In addition to that, the Indian women called for the right to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple without having to worry about violence from male believers.
Female students lined up on the street to support the Women's Wall.
Student Who Struggled in Math Now Works as NASA Engineer
“I wasn’t going to give up because of a few bad grades.”
A journey of a thousand miles, as they say, begins with a single step and for some, that step may even be a small one. Take it from Josephine Santiago-Bond, a Filipina engineer who now works at NASA!
According to her, she didn't even have a specific dream in mind growing up. She was more practical than ambitious.
Woman Drops Over 200 Lbs. After Doctors Tell Her She’ll Never Be A Mother
She was determined “to live and be a mom no matter what.”
There’s nothing more devastating than being told that you are not capable of doing something that you’ve always wanted to do. Monet was determined to become a mother, but her doctors have told her that her health was so bad that she would never bear a child.
In September of 2014, Monet weighed just shy of 375 lbs. Being obese can harm a woman’s fertility by inhibiting normal ovulation. Even in women who regularly ovulate, the greater the BMI, the longer it appears to take to become pregnant. But Monet was determined “to live and be a mom no matter what.”