Colo. dispatcher meets boy, 8, she helped save

Dispatcher Liesel Hadfield instructed the boy’s sister and father how to perform CPR

By EMS1 Staff

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A dispatcher credited with helping save the life of an 8-year-old boy received an early Christmas gift Monday. 

Dispatcher Liesel Hadfield responded to an October 911 call placed by Grayson Kidder’s sister, Hadley, 11, who said her brother had fallen from a branch, landed on his head and was not breathing. 

Hadfield instructed Hadley on how to perform CPR, who relayed the information to her father, reported the Aspen Times. By the time Grayson was transported to the hospital, he was breathing. 

Grayson sustained multiple skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury; he spent several weeks in the hospital before returning home. He is still wearing a neck brace and has returned to school.

Grayson paid Hadfield a visit Monday at the call center, offering her an early Christmas gift and thanking her for helping save his life. 

“I even got to meet the little guy,” Hadfield said. “It’s such an incredible Christmas gift.”

Hadfield said it was the first time she gave CPR instructions that revived someone.

“It was just that it could have so easily gone the other way,” Hadfield said.

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