Rotterdam Boy Scout to be honored for quick thinking

A 12-year-old Rotterdam resident will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America next week for his role in saving his mother's life last year.

Matthew March will receive a national certificate for meritorious actions and a cord of honor at an award ceremony that will take place Monday, Jan. 7, at a regular meeting of the 105th Boy Scout Troop in Esperance led by Scoutmaster Wayne Fink.

In early December 2006, March, a seventh-grade Schalmont Middle School student at the time, returned home on the bus to find his mother, Melanie March, passed out on the floor.

March's mother was at home watching television with her 3-year-old son when she had an allergic reaction to a new medication.

I had recently had a stroke, said Melanie March. "The doctors were trying to get me on the right medication to prevent me from having another one. Apparently, the one I was prescribed was rejected by my body."

As Melanie March attempted to walk to the bathroom, she collapsed on the floor and vomited. While her son was asleep on the couch, she lost consciousness for nearly two hours.

When her son Matthew came home, he started to look for his snowboard, but instead found his mother on the floor in the hallway. The boy took action immediately.

"I called my grandmother first and asked her to call the paramedics for help and then I e-mailed my dad since that's the best way to get a hold of him," said March. "Then I pulled together all of my mom's medications so I could show the EMTs when they got there."

March also tried successfully to wake his mother, but she did not stay conscious for long. While he waited for emergency assistance, March stayed at his mother's side, cleaning her face and the floor where she had vomited and dabbing her forehead with a moist towel.

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