Aaron Cahal Who Can’t Speak Uses Facebook to Get Help for Drowning Toddler

When 23-year-old Aaron Cahal heard a child’s screams next door, the mostly non-verbal man with autism called for help in a very unusual way.The South Point, Ohio, man didn’t know it at the time, but the screams were coming from an 18-month-old boy who had fallen into a pool next door and was nearly drowning. Still, he knew something wasn’t right.

Unable to call for help, he took a picture of the home and posted it to the South Point Police Department’s Facebook page, WSAZ reports. Cahal, who uses texting and social media to communicate, shared the photo along with a message: “Poice we neee poice I heard big crying poeple scary poeple.”

An on-duty officer who was monitoring the page recognized the area and dispatched Emergency Medical Services just in time to save the young boy’s life.

“I’m still having a hard time absorbing all of this,” Cahal’s mom, Lorena Cahal, said. “It doesn’t surprise me because that’s his lifeline, but it surprised me that he got involved.”

South Point Police Chief Chris Majher said the combination of Cahal’s quick thinking and the actions of another neighbor who gave the child CPR before the EMS arrived saved the young boy’s life.

“It shows he’s a problem solver,” Chief Majher told WSAZ. “He solved that problem immediately. He knew he couldn’t translate that into words to be in a quick enough response that we could use that information. He knew a picture was a thousand words, and he gave it.”

The young boy’s family said their child is still recovering at an area hospital. They added that they hope to one day meet Cahal and thank him for his actions.

Cahal’s family told WOWK that they could not be more proud of their son’s actions.

“Never underestimate no matter the ability or the disability of a person,” Lorena said, “because you have no idea what they have to say or how they feel or what they have to contribute to society.”

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