Savannah & Zach Lewis
Savannah & Zach Lewis
While visiting an old friend of mine, Eleanor Lewis,we started talking about the accident at the Pennyroyal Hunting Club where two of her great-grandchildren were involved (Savannah & Zach Lewis, II). She told me an amazing story. It was so amazing that I thought about it for several days before deciding to contact the children’s dad, Zach Lewis (Sr.).
I repeated the story to him as it was told to me. “It’s true,” he said. “That’s what happened.”
So what happened you ask?
After the accident occurred and everyone (but the driver) had been thrown from the vehicle in the accident that occurred at the Pennyroyal Hunting Club, Savannah 13, found her brother Zach 12, unconscious. She began CPR on him, virtually saving her little brother’s life.
“First, we moved the roof (of the vehicle) off of Zach’s head and then I noticed he wasn’t breathing right,” Savannah said of the incident.
“How did you know how to do CPR?” I asked, fascinated.
Savannah looked at her dad and answered, “My dad. I was a wreck that night, too.”
For the record, Zach Sr. is a trained EMT. He’s been doing it for so long that I can’t even remember how long he’s been doing it.
What I found amazing was, as long as I’ve been in the medical profession, I’ve known people (in the medical profession) who do not know how to do CPR and yet, this 13 year-old young lady was able to revive her brother using it. Truly amazing!
“I don’t remember anything,” Zach said of the accident. “I remember vague things that happened during the day… like a picture we took, or something like that.”
Zach Sr. explained that Little Zach had a severe concussion. “The doctors say that it will take him a long while to recover and will likely never remember the accident at all.”
“Your dad taught you?” I asked, leading back to the incident.
“Yes, we learned from him how to do it. I guess, I just grew up with it and even though I wasn’t too sure what to do, it just kind of kicked in and I did it.” Savannah went on to clarify, “I didn’t do mouth-to-mouth, though, I only did chest compressions. I was sore too by the time we got to the hospital. My back, legs, and arms ached so bad.”
Zach still says, “I don’t remember any of it, but the doctor said I was a walking miracle.”
I sort of smiled to myself. Indeed, he is.
Curiously, I asked, “Has it changed your relationship with each other? I ask because something as traumatic as this often changes people.”
“I think it’s brought us closer together,” Savannah answered.
Zach nodded and then added, “We are closer now, and we talk more than we did before.”
Dad included, “It brought them closer to the church, too… especially Zach.”
A thought occurred to me. “Did you have a life or death experience? Did you see anything like angels or something?”
“No. I don’t remember anything,” Zach said, shaking his head.
(Poor child. How many times does he have to tell me before I get it?) At this point, we were all kind of snickering. I was going to have to make an effort to word my questions carefully so as not to force him to repeat himself again.
“What about your future goals? Has that changed any?” I asked of Savannah, first.
"Well, I wanted to be a doctor before all this, but after everything that’s happened, and everything that I saw, I just don’t think I want to do that now.”
Her dad and I tried to explain to her that this was a very emotional event that involved herself, and likewise, her little brother. It’s a different situation when we grow up and care for different people, although I could see on her face, she wasn’t so sure about that and was really questioning our opinion.
“What about you, Zach? Did it change your goals?”
“I don’t know,” he answered. “I can’t remember what I wanted to do before, as far as a career goes, but now, I want to be…,” he hesitated and turned to his dad. “What’s it called where you work on trucks and machines; the big ones?”
“A diesel mechanic,” Zack Sr. answered. To me, “Just to be clear, he wants to do that now when he gets older.”
As we were wrapping things up, I asked, “Is there anything either one of you want to say, or add?”
“Not really,” Savannah answered, looking to her brother for confirmation. Zach shrugged, but she went on, “We’re just glad to be able to talk about it. I was such a wreck afterwards (Zach: I don’t remember anything that happened). Everyone was losing it at the site of the accident and I felt like I had to stay calm. And then at the hospital… It was just hard to do.”
Well, kudos to Little Zach for staying strong before, during, and after his recovery. It’s not an easy feat.
A special nod to Savannah Lewis, who in the midst of tragedy, held it together and stabilized, not just the situation, but her brother as well. She is certainly the heroine of Georgetown for years to come.
While everyone is thankful and amazed at Savannah’s life-saving actions, thoughts and prayers continue for the family of 13-year-old Claire Walker who was tragically killed in the accident. Please continue to uplift this family in prayer.