MADISON (WKOW) -- Throughout the next few weeks, Elishah Oesch will be highlighting six different 'Real Heroes' honored through the American Red Cross. Each of them have made a huge impact in our community. We start with Ben Watters, awarded "The Youth Good Samaritan Honor" for saving his mother's life. He's someone you should know.
Ben Watters says, "everything seemed fine and then all of a sudden everything changed in an instant." Ben Watters is talking about a very pivotal day in the life of his mother and himself: December 7th, 2011.
Susan Watters says, "supposedly I was talking to my son and then I just went down." Ben's mom, Susan, went down that day because she was having a heart attack. Ben says, "while we were talking she said, 'Ben, Ben,' and then she collapsed.
Ben immediately jumped into action and called 9-1-1. The responder advised Ben as to what was happening, and how he could help. Ben says, "she started walking me through CPR." Ben kept up the fight for his mother's life for several critical minutes, until the EMS, and his father arrived at the house.
Susan says, "they weren't sure if I would come through or if I did what my brain would be like." Ben says, "we were just praying and hoping that everything was going to be ok.
Eventually, Susan's heart started beating again, but, she didn't regain conscienceness for quite some time. In fact, she was in a coma for three days. Ben says, "I thought I lost my mom and we were just praying for a miracle to happen." And then... It did. Susan woke up and started getting better. Susan made a full recovery.
Susan says, "I have the same energy and my brain is totally back to normal. I feel fabulous and so grateful for every day." Susan says, it's all because of Ben's efforts and what she and he believe was God's timing because without him, doctors and his family do not believe Susan would have lived.
Ben says,"they told me God placed you there in the right place at the right time." Ben says, he is a different person after the experience and while he doesn't see himself as a hero, he's learned a hero sized lesson.
Susan says, "I think he realizes how precious life is and his family."
Ben says, "We always want to end our conversations with I love you. You never know when it's going to be your last word or the last time you're with them."