DEAR ABBY: Around Christmas, my wife, our daughter and son and I visited family in Baltimore. One day we decided to take the children to see Santa at a mall just outside the city. It turned out to be the scariest day of our lives.
Our son is only 14 months old. All of a sudden, he started to shake, his eyes rolled into the back of his head and he stopped breathing. My wife and I went into a panic. I started to give him CPR, but I was completely shaken up.
A lady walked over and said she was a nurse, so I stepped out of her way. By the grace of God, she got him breathing again. The ambulance arrived to take our son to the hospital. When I looked around for the lady, she was MIA.
The doctors said my son had had a seizure due to a rapid rise in temperature.
It amazed us that a complete stranger would have the compassion to stop and help us. That nurse saved our son's life, and we are deeply grateful for her help. Life would be unbearable without him. We feel terrible that we weren't able to properly express our gratitude to our son's guardian angel. -- MELVIN AND JENNIFER BIDDLE, PENNSVILLE, N.J.
DEAR MELVIN AND JENNIFER: Your close call highlights the importance of parents knowing how to perform CPR and, if they have forgotten how to do it correctly, signing up for a refresher course. The Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer CPR courses, and they're as near as the telephone.
P.S. If the Good Samaritan who helped your son is a Dear Abby reader, you will have delivered your message of thanks today. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
DEAR ABBY: I want to thank you for thinking of us while we are deployed here in Kosovo. The men of our unit were pleased to have received many letters of support from home. The letters have helped us remain close to home during the holiday season.
Through Operation Dear Abby you have provided a service to the U.S. military for many years. The men and women serving in the military do give up many of the joys of being home during the holidays. But we understand the blood and tears our forefathers have given to our great country -- and we are not making the same sacrifice. I am proud to be here. It is rewarding to be able to give Kosovo a little of the freedom we enjoy every day.
You have provided much of the same service that Bob Hope did, keeping us in touch with everyday Americans. Thank you for being there for us. -- SGT. ROBERT E. JONES, U.S. ARMY
DEAR SGT. JONES: Thank you for a wonderful letter, but the credit for the success of Operation Dear Abby belongs to the thousands of generous and patriotic Americans who work hard each year to be sure our troops are remembered. All of us are very proud of you, indeed!
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