McKinney teen recognized for his ‘heroic and lifesaving bravery’

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A 13-year-old boy was celebrated at McKinney Fire Station 9 on June 25 after saving his mother after she experienced a medical emergency. 

In April, Camille Allen suffered a stroke and her son Xavier Powell Tyson sprung into action while remaining calm. 

Tyson called for emergency help and kept his cool while relaying vital information to firefighter paramedics that arrived on the scene and doctors in the emergency room at Baylor Scott and White McKinney without any panic. 

Staff at Baylor Scott and White Plano then successfully reversed the impact of the stroke on Allen.

“The key here was the timing, and the presence of mind, and the maturity that her son had to be able to provide that history and help guide therapy,” Dr. Sam Ritter, an emergency room doctor at Baylor Scott & White McKinney, said.

Tyson’s hometown fire department honored him for his heroism on June 25.

“Glad to see the @McKinneyTXFire Department recognize Xavier Powell Tyson for his heroic and lifesaving bravery,” Rep. Van Taylor (R-Dallas) said in a June 30 post on Twitter. “Sending my prayers to the family.”

Tyson wasn’t able to thank the medic at the time for assisting him and helping him to remain calm under pressure. When he was given a school assignment to write about his hero, he wrote about the medics. 

“One thing I learned from the medic was to stay calm and think positive in these types of situations,” Tyson said as he wiped away tears. “I really wish I could have gave the medic something for appreciation for saving my mom’s life.”

This wasn’t the first time Allen had suffered from a stroke. In 2015, she suffered her first stroke and Tyson called the paramedics as a seven-year-old. 

“I’m so proud of him,” Allen said. “Because if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I’m very proud of him.”

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