Non-Verbal Man Jumps Into Action After Hearing Screams
Kathleen Shipman 7/23/2018
It was a beautiful Mother's Day and 23-year-old Aaron Cahal was outside in his Ohio backyard while his mom was taking a nap. Although Aaron is autistic and non-verbal, he enjoys communicating on his phone and being on social media.
But out of nowhere Aaron heard sounds coming from nearby that he knew just weren't right. In fact, they would have been downright terrifying for anybody to hear.
Aaron immediately recognized that people were crying and screaming in one of his neighbor's yards. To anyone this would indicate that there was danger, and he too knew it seemed as if someone was in trouble.
Yet, despite the fact that Aaron can barely speak, it didn't stop him from trying to communicate to get help. He quickly became resourceful and jumped on his phone to contact the police - but in a unique way.
After taking a photo of the location Aaron took to Facebook to get help. He brilliantly posted a message to the South Point Police Department's page saying,
"Poice we neee poice I heard big crying poeple scary poeple."
In addition, he also included the photo he took. Police Chief Chris Majher later told WSAZ News:
"It shows he's a problem solver. He solved that problem immediately. He knew he couldn't translate that into words to be in a quick enough response that we could use that information. He knew a picture was a thousand words, and he gave it."
Fortunately Aaron's message was seen on the department's page and they were able to figure out the location of the screams. As it turns out, an 18-month old child had fallen into a pool in his neighbor's backyard, which is why people were so frantic.
Along with Aaron contacting the police, another good Samaritan also stepped in and performed CPR on the toddler. Once first-responders arrived he was rushed to the hospital.
Everyone was extremely grateful to Aaron for jumping into action when he sensed danger. In fact, he was nothing less than a true hero!
Aaron's family spoke with WOWK News about how proud they were of Aaron. His mom, Lorena Cahal, also said:
"Never underestimate a person no matter the ability or disability of a person because you have no idea what they have to say or how they feel or what they have to contribute to society."
The toddler spent some time in the hospital, but fortunately his grandfather posted positive news soon after on their family's GoFundMe page that he seemed to be recovering well.
Thank goodness Aaron was outside at the time - and even without being able to alert for help with his voice, he figured out a way to help save the day. They say that angels walk among us, and Aaron must be one of them.
Watch the video below to see more on this incredible story!