60 Minutes Australia has recently aired an episode of a boy who fought through unbearable pain to save his father’s life. Though the story happened in 2004, its meaning still rings fresh today.
Tyler suffered two punctured lungs and seven shattered ribs when the quad bike Tyler and his father David were riding crashed near their rural home in Milton on the state’s south coast 17 years ago.
The two made it halfway back to the house before Tyler’s father fainted from his grave internal injuries and realized he couldn’t go any farther.
His lungs filled with blood, but Tyler fought his way to the finish line to get help for his father before fainting himself.
A spokesman from NRMA CareFlight, which airlifted the pair from Milton hospital to hospitals in Sydney, at that time said, “He’s just such a brave boy. His ribs punctured his lungs as he walked but he didn’t stop. Broken ribs are painful but a collapsed lung is extremely painful.”
Mrs. Moon, Tyler’s mother, also expressed her awe, “How this boy managed his two kilometres is just incredible. It was sheer determination that helped him to overcome the pain.”
Tyler’s proud mother said what strikes her the most was that Tyler was concerned only for his dad’s well-being during the whole ordeal, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“He (Tyler) was always a hero in my eyes—he’s just now a hero in everybody’s else’s eyes. He’s the greatest kid in the world,” she said.
Two years later, in 2006, Tyler received an NSW bravery award for his courageous act.