What Kyle didn't know was that his 6-year-old's adamant decision to stay back home that day would actually end up saving his life.
April 12 seemed like every other day to Kyle Semrau except for his daughter, Macie, staying home after refusing to go to school. What Kyle didn't know was that his 6-year-old's adamant decision would actually end up saving his life.
The kindergartner was missing her dad so much that she expressed her wish to remain home, something that is very unusual for the young girl. That day also marked the one-year anniversary of her grandmother's death and so her parents agreed to let her miss school.
That day, after Kyle came home from his night job, he didn't seem to be feeling very well due to an ongoing problem with his sinuses and lungs. Thus, he decided to stay in and spent time with Macie and his son, Caleb, 4, while his wife went off to work.
However, later that morning things worsened for the father-of-two as he struggled to breathe and constantly lost consciousness. At one point, when he briefly regained consciousness, he yelled for help.
Thankfully his daughter was nearby and she immediately rushed toward him. When Kyle became conscious again, Macie asked him his cell phone's password so she could unlock it. After successfully overcoming the barrier, she Googled: "Eliot Poliz."
"I pressed this button and typed Eliot Police, and I hit call. I don’t want to say this, but I thought he was going to die," Macie told Boston25 News. At the other end of the phone was Judy Smith from the Eliot Police Department. Smith, says Macie "knew everything" including her home address, her father's age and name as well as how police could get to him quickly inside the basement room where he was resting.
Meanwhile, little Caleb couldn't help but panic. "Macie called the police and I was crying a lot, and then she (Judy) heard me crying on the phone and then she said it was OK," the 4-year-old told Seacoastonline. As the kids waited for help, Macie figured out a way to unlock the basement door and even instructed her brother to close an upstairs door to keep the dogs at bay until police arrived.
Kyle was rushed to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital later and has since returned home after recovering there for three days. The father considers himself extremely lucky for having survived the incident. "Just incredible all around. I’m very lucky, obviously because of my daughter and son and the (police) response. It was quick," he said.
"If I can say anything about this whole experience, it’s for everyone to teach kids about awareness. If I hadn’t taught my daughter certain things she wouldn’t learn in school, this outcome could have been completely different. She is, and will always be my hero," he added.
Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | Boston 25 News