Acts of Kindness
11-year-old boy uses CPR to save little girl buried alive in sand after seeing it on TV
This was some really fast thinking on his part. He instinctually started digging and put his memory to good use.
Jessica Adler
11.15.21

One of the many great wonders for kids to behold is the vast amounts of sand at the beach.

Kids can’t help themselves.

They are utterly fascinated by it. The look, the texture, the endlessness of it all. Of course, when confronted with it there’s only one thing left to do. They’ve gotta dig.

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It feels good to play in the sand. Plus, the endless possibility of fun and play is there. Kids can build things by digging and molding this fine grain by the beach.

However, a Mayo Clinic proceeding warned parents always to accompany children while playing in the sand.

This is a prime example of why.

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Accidental sand burials are fatal, especially to children.

Be it by the beach, a sandbox, or even playing near a construction site, parents must be cautious about where their children are playing.

They also said that early extrication from the sand and proper airway management increase the odds of keeping the child alive and safe.

Sadly, for 5-year-old Alyssa Bostic, this accident turned a fun day into a scary one.

Thankfully, a hero was nearby.

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Marina Dunes Beach in Monterey looked calm in July. The weather was perfect for a fun family getaway.

Alyssa and a few other kids played in the sand, taking their time while having some fun digging through.

After much digging, she found the sand cave big enough to crawl in.

And crawled in she did.

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She was curious if she’d fit. She did but, after a few moments, she paid a terrible price.

The sand collapsed on her.

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That moment of fun and laughter turned into horror. The sand that covered the 5-year-old was so high that it covered her completely.

With no room to breathe, Alyssa blacked out.

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Our hero, Connor, happened to pass by the area a few minutes later.

He noticed a bag nearby and immediately thought that something was not right. He checked his surroundings and was quick to judge the situation.

He dug through the sand.

That’s when he discovered there was someone buried underneath.

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He continued digging until he found 5-year-old Alyssa with her eyes and nose covered in sand.

Connor continued digging until he could pull Alyssa from the cave.

Then, he saw she wasn’t breathing.

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He decided to administer CPR.

He said he didn’t know how to perform it but just followed what he saw from the television series NCIS.

Thanks to this, Alyssa’s breathing was back, but she was still unconscious.

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Connor called his dad.

After seeing what his son had dug up, his dad called paramedics.

The medical teams arrived in a few minutes and said that Connor’s quick action to the situation spelled out the difference of a few minutes between life and death.

Luckily for Alyssa, she was saved in time – and she has Connor to thank for.

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The two children and their families now have a special friendship that came out of this incident.

Alyssa’s family was grateful for Connor, while Connor and his family were humble and were just glad that everything turned out well.

But there was a bonus for Connor.

Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado honored the boy’s heroic actions during the City Board Conference the next month. He was also honored by the American Legion Auxiliary with a National Youth Hero Award.

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There’s no question that it was well deserved.

Learn more about Connor’s heroic actions in the video below!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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