Lincoln, NE – A 10-year-old boy cared for and kept his father alive for a week and a half after the man slipped on a wet floor, struck his head, and became unresponsive.
In an affidavit filed in Lancaster County Juvenile Court, police investigator Cynthia Koenig-Warnke said that Peter Asumani kept his father, 45-year-old Bienvenu Asumani, alive by feeding him and giving him liquids after his fall in their Nebraska home. According to police spokeswoman Katie Flood, the investigator had gone to the boy’s home Friday after the principal called police to report that the 10-year-old hadn’t been in school for four days.
Even though Asumani was breathing and had his eyes open, he didn’t respond when asked questions, Koenig-Warnke said in the affidavit.
According to ABC News, Bienvenu Asumani was taken to Bryan Medical Center West Hospital. Peter Asumani was placed in state custody. The boy said he was unable to communicate with his father after the fall, and Flood said it wasn’t clear whether he tried to call 911 or contact a neighbor for help. The two lived alone in the house.
Nebraska Health and Human Services Department spokesman Russ Reno said the boy was in foster care Monday, but he would not comment directly on the case. He did say that the department was searching for the boy’s relatives.
Asumani told Koenig-Warnke that he had family in Arizona and that his mother was in Africa.
Peter Asumani keeping his dad alive after his fall isn’t the only amazing story of care and survival in the past few days. A dog in Poland kept a three-year-old girl alive after she went missing from her home in freezing temperatures. The girl had been playing with the dog in the backyard before she disappeared, and the dog stayed with her the entire night. A firefighter said that the girl likely would have died if the dog hadn’t been there with her. The girl is still suffering from frostbite but is otherwise safe. Rescuers called the dog a hero and said he was “the most important part of the story.”
A similar incident of a dog saving a girl unfolded in the United States last year. A female intruder broke into a home in Indianapolis and threatened to kidnap an infant she found there. When the girl began to cry, the family pit bull wouldn’t let the intruder leave with the infant. She eventually threw the child back to her mother and ran away.
What do you think of Peter Asumani keeping his dad alive by himself for a week and a half?