Second-grader’s heroics saved mom during medical crisis

St. Mary School student sprang into action after mother passed out

Jorge and Linda Rollan are pictured with their two sons, Alejandro and Lucas, at their family home in Wayne. Lucas, a second-grader at St. Mary School in Wayne, rescued his mother in early November by jumping into action and calling his father during a medical emergency. Family Photo

Jorge and Linda Rollan are pictured with their two sons, Alejandro and Lucas, at their family home in Wayne. Lucas, a second-grader at St. Mary School in Wayne, rescued his mother in early November by jumping into action and calling his father during a medical emergency.
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Wayne — Anybody can be a hero; just ask St. Mary School second-grader Lucas Rollan.

The problem is, Lucas doesn’t think he’s a hero, he just “feels like an adult.”

In early November, Lucas was at home with his mother, Linda, while his father was picking up his older brother from basketball practice at St. Mary’s.

Two weeks prior, Linda badly sprained her ankle. While her husband was away from the house, Linda began to feel light-headed and told young Lucas. The sprained ankle had resulted in a blood clot in her leg, causing Linda to pass out.

“I was getting ready to put Lucas to bed, and the next thing I know, I was about to pass out,” Linda Rollan said. “I told Lucas what was happening, and as I walked from the living room to the bedroom, I passed out on the carpet.”

After seeing his mother fall down, Lucas remained calmed, picked up his mom’s cellphone and called his father.

“She passed out in the living room and was starting to cough,” Lucas told The Michigan Catholic. “She told me to call my dad, so I called him and told him mom passed out. She told me to grab a bucket or a bag and she said she needed a glass of water.”

For the next two minutes — which felt like an eternity for Lucas — he sat by his mother, with a glass of water with a straw, waiting for his dad to come home.

“I was walking out of the Target store, running some errands, when the cellphone rang, I was shocked to hear him on the phone,” said Lucas’ father, Jorge.

Jorge called 911 as soon as he got home, and the paramedics arrived at the Rollan home two minutes later. As paramedics were attending to Linda, Lucas was faithfully standing by with sippy cup in hand, ready on the spot with more water.

“Even when the paramedics got here, he asked, ‘Do you need water, Mama?’” Linda said. “He was pretty brave throughout the whole experience. Before I left with the paramedics, he came up to me. He didn’t cry, but you could tell his eyes were ready to spill over. He was a little man through and through.”

Lucas said his parents were proud of him for remaining calm and helping out in any way he could.

“We were very fortunate to have Lucas there to tell me to come home,” Jorge Rollan said. “Once he saw all the paramedics and firefighters, he started to lose it, but he was really calm with me for someone who doesn’t use the phone all that often.”

Lucas was quiet about the incident at first, not wanting to draw attention to himself. When his brother, Alejandro, was quieter in class than normal, his homeroom teacher asked what was wrong. That’s when the staff at St. Mary School learned what Lucas did.

“My parents were really grateful for what I did,” Lucas said. “I got some recognition at school, all my classmates and friends were proud of me; the principal and the whole school was proud of me.”

Lucas still doesn’t like to be recognized — he had a hard time relaying to his mother what St. Mary principal Kathy Sparks said about the incident.

“He’s pretty humble about it,” Linda said. “Mrs. Sparks told me she talked to him, so I asked Lucas what Mrs. Sparks said to him. He shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Oh, I can’t remember,’ downplaying the whole thing. He just did was he did. He then said, ‘Mrs. Sparks said I was your hero because I told dad that you passed out.’”

Linda was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Wayne and recovered from what turned out to be a pulmonary embolism. She said the St. Mary community was supportive during her recovery.

“I have a group of friends who graduated from St. Mary’s, and they all pitched in, taking good care of my boys,” she said. “What a wonderful community we have at St. Mary’s; we might be little, but we’re big at heart.”

Lucas is just grateful his mom is OK.

“Everyone said I did a great job, but I just wanted to help,” Lucas said. “I learned my mom was really proud of me, but I’m just thankful that I have her.”