Boy Nearly Strangled On Swing Set; Sister a Lifesaver

He nearly died after an accident on a swing set, but a young Kentucky boy is alive thanks to his eight-year-old sister's quick thinking. Six-year-old Ian Conrad and his sister Kate were playing in their backyard in Warren County Saturday.

Ian was swinging when suddenly the backpack he was wearing got caught up in the swing, wrapped around his neck, and starting choking him. Kate sprang into action. She ran to tell their parents what happened.

"My husband and I were sitting on the couch. My daughter comes running in saying momma, Ian's hung. He's caught," said Angie Conrad, Ian's mother. They told Kate to call an ambulance.

"I started pushing the buttons and I was shaking.I hit a wrong button. So I had to push nine, and then one one," Kate said.

"As soon as we hit the door and looked out the window we saw him hanging limp," said Angie.

Ian then lost consciousness so his parents performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. He was taken to the hospital. His mother says he's expected to be OK.


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  • by Angie the mom Location: Smiths Grove on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    Thank you all for your wonderful, encouraging and sweet comments. We are so blessed by the Lord to have such wonderful friends and evidently kind strangers too. Ian and Kate are doing fine. As far as Ian is concerned, you would never know anything happened except the small, red, freckle like dots all over his face. We have a friend that calls Ian timex as he tends to be a little danger prone. Kate, John, and I are all still a little over protective of Ian and will be for quite some time, but that is ok and things will get back to normal soon enough. As I stated on WBKO's website we are thankful that everything turned out ok, but we know that if it didn't, if God brings you to it God will bring you through it. God is the one in control and not us. And no matter how much we think we can control things we can't. I trust the Lord, and pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on me. With that in mind things will always be ok. Thank you all again.
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd county, ky on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:21 AM
    Way to go Kate!! You're a great big sister.Hope Ian is all better and you guys can get back to playing soon.
  • by Bettye Locklair Location: Texas on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    We love you all and are so thankful things turned out as they did. I know that has to be a parent's worst nightmare. Kate did great, and I am so glad you knew CPR! Consider this a big hug from your Texas friends! We continue to pray for you all. I'll call or write soon!
  • by Curtis Shepherd Location: Bledsoe Kentucky on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    Way to go Kate!!! You are not only the Hero of the Family,But you are also my very own Hero,I love you,And God Loves you,My God Bless you and your Family,,,
  • by remembering Location: pike county ky on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    this happened also to my son and his sister was able to hold him up and scream for assistance. Her being able to hold the weight kept him from losing conscious and he only had the marks around his neck and also a story to tell at show and tell and the dangers of the monkey rope on the swingset. Which was taken down that same day. Prayers go out the family and your son that he makes a total recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Thanks God this little boy is okay. Way to go Kate! Your family will be in our prayers.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike on Jun 16, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    Thank goodness for Kate! She is a hero to her family! I'm sure the parents are very proud of their little girl. It shows what a wonderful big sitter she is!
  • by Kathy Location: Georgetown on Jun 16, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Thank God for this blessing.

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