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(UPI)   10-year-old boy keeps his father alive for 10 days after he falls by giving him food and fluids. Hell, most 10-year-olds can't even find the Pop-Tarts   (upi.com) divider line 90
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2013-03-05 05:55:53 PM  
Follow up story will be punishing the both of them for the boy's truancy.
 
2013-03-05 06:01:55 PM  
As a father of a 10 year old, I agree subby.

He is a very good traveler, though.  Perfect on airplanes...
 
2013-03-05 06:02:03 PM  
What kind of totally helpless 10 year olds are you hanging out with subby? For fark sake, you can't treat them like pre-schoolers their whole childhood.
 
2013-03-05 06:02:28 PM  
Sounds like the boy isn't too bright...
 
2013-03-05 06:02:42 PM  
911?
 
2013-03-05 06:03:03 PM  
Right - a four day suspension is coming for missing four days of school. Remember, no good deed goes unpunished especially in public schools.
 
2013-03-05 06:04:55 PM  
Hero?

He spent ten days and didn't think to call 911, go to a neighbor's house, or even stand on his porch screaming "Hey, someone help me."  He probably could have written a letter to a family member in Africa telling them his father fell, mailed it, and been there to open the door for first responders that they called arrive in less than ten days.

where's the dumbf*ck tag?
 
2013-03-05 06:06:05 PM  
does seem a bit odd the kid couldn't go knock on a neighbors door or call someone on the phone, but it sounds like he's not from this country and perhaps doesn't speak english?
 
2013-03-05 06:06:15 PM  
Wouldn't a normal 10 year old call 911 or even run to friend/neighbors house?
 
2013-03-05 06:08:22 PM  
all things considered, if I slipped on a wet floor and couldn't move, my kids would spend three days laughing at me and making "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" jokes before calling anyone
 
2013-03-05 06:09:03 PM  
Peter cared for his father, Bienvenu Asumani, 45, for ten days after the older man slipped on a wet floor and was unable to get up...
Police found the boy and his father at their home in Lincoln, Neb.,

 

Wait, he slipped on the floor. In his house. Do they not own have a phone?
Even if they are so poor that they don't own a phone, where the heck are they living, in the mountains?
Are there no neighbors around to call for assistance or were they all like "Fark Bienvenu.  He's a jerk anyway."
 
2013-03-05 06:10:44 PM  
They had a story here a week or two ago. Woman driving with a 2 year old an 4 year old runs off the road and dies. 4 year old manages to get 2 year old out of the car(In the snow), get a blanket, and keep the little one alive until the next day when searchers find the wreck and the two little kids.
 
2013-03-05 06:11:30 PM  
Dumbass tag taking a smoke break?
 
2013-03-05 06:11:48 PM  
Dear friend,

I am writing you because my father, Prince Bienvenu Asumani of Nigeria, has left me an inheritance of $136,876,877 USD that I require your assistance to transfer from the Federation Bank of Lagos...
 
2013-03-05 06:17:13 PM  
Followup story at local newspaper says dad died, kid in state care.

The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere.  I'm baffled.
 
2013-03-05 06:18:52 PM  

tlchwi02: does seem a bit odd the kid couldn't go knock on a neighbors door or call someone on the phone, but it sounds like he's not from this country and perhaps doesn't speak english?


glossynews.com

Lassie didn't speak English but when Timmy fell down a well that didn't stop her from getting help.
 
2013-03-05 06:19:54 PM  
I would kick my kid's ass as soon as I could walk if he let me sit there and suffer for 10 days. Jesus Christ, what an idiot.
 
2013-03-05 06:21:24 PM  
"she found Bienvenu Asumani lying on a footstool inside his home"

He must be short.
 
2013-03-05 06:21:42 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere. I'm baffled.


From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.
 
2013-03-05 06:22:38 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Followup story at local newspaper says dad died, kid in state care.

The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere.  I'm baffled.


Oh..... now I feel like an ass for posting the Lassie picture. But there has to be something more going on here..... was the kid special needs? Going for help seems like the first thing most 10 year old boys would do.
 
2013-03-05 06:22:55 PM  
He was enrolled in the local school, odds are good he spoke enough english to get help. And fark me but I was pulled out of school when I was 7 to take care of 2 younger siblings because my mother had to be hospitalized briefly for a medical emergency and my father couldn't miss any more work or he'd be fired. All our family was across the country, we had just moved and knew *no one* locally. It was only a week, but I managed just fine. At 7, in second grade.

Unless the ten year old has some serious disabilities...this makes no sense to me.
 
2013-03-05 06:23:15 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Followup story at local newspaper says dad died, kid in state care.

The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere.  I'm baffled.


Let that be a lesson to everyone.....They kill people at hospitals.....Stay home with your ten year old.
 
2013-03-05 06:24:36 PM  

Arthur Jumbles: BarkingUnicorn: Followup story at local newspaper says dad died, kid in state care.

The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere.  I'm baffled.

Oh..... now I feel like an ass for posting the Lassie picture. But there has to be something more going on here..... was the kid special needs? Going for help seems like the first thing most 10 year old boys would do.


The only way it makes sense to me is if the boy is autistic or something. Or...a murderer! Dun dun dunnnnn.
 
2013-03-05 06:26:07 PM  
My daughter turned 10 three weeks ago.

I think she would have called 911 five years ago, or at least gotten a neighbor.
 
2013-03-05 06:26:33 PM  

Tom_Slick: From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.


The father could also have been undocumented and worried that he'd be deported if 911 was called.
 
2013-03-05 06:29:27 PM  

Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere. I'm baffled.

From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.


I had the same questions most had, "Why didn't he call?! What an idiot!" but then I, too, read the article and surmised the probability of the same.

I cannot cite him an idiot.
 
2013-03-05 06:31:51 PM  

WhoGAS: I cannot cite him an idiot.


But I will. Being deported or imprisoned is still better than being dead.
 
2013-03-05 06:34:54 PM  
This is old news, the followup is the dad died in the hospital and now the kid is in foster care:  http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/year+kept+alive+days+after+fal l +died+hospital/8048199/story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=fee d&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canwest%2FF229+(Vancouver+Sun+-+News)
 
2013-03-05 06:35:43 PM  
Sad story is sad.  Thanks fark!

/fishing for a welcome to fark image
//story seriously sucks
 
2013-03-05 06:38:40 PM  

Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere. I'm baffled.

From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.


My Iranian co-worker has lived in Canada long enough to be a citizen and obtain a security clearance (albeit a limited one)

He tells me that he is still always checking behind him for the police, both religious and secular.  When we go out to eat, he doesn't like having his back to the door. Most of the world is a dangerous police state and those habits die hard.  When the police come to arrest you, you leave the jail in a tailored pine suit.

Kid could also have been in shock.  Dad the superhero isn't moving, well he must be playing.  My daughter's nine and I still remember the first time she saw me bleeding (shaving cut).

"Wait, you can get hurt?"
 
2013-03-05 06:38:48 PM  
And when the kid can find the Pop-Tarts, he chews it into the shape of a gun.  Thanks a lot, sequester.
 
2013-03-05 06:39:15 PM  
Forget the kid, I can't make sense of how a 45 year old could slip on a wet floor and be unable to get up to call for help himself for ten days. Even if he was *85*, that would be pushing it. Ten days is a really long time to be laying in your own filth without at least figuring something out.

A morbidly obese diabetic, maybe?
 
2013-03-05 06:42:18 PM  

Mikey1969: They had a story here a week or two ago. Woman driving with a 2 year old an 4 year old runs off the road and dies. 4 year old manages to get 2 year old out of the car(In the snow), get a blanket, and keep the little one alive until the next day when searchers find the wreck and the two little kids.


Thanks for ruining the rest of my day, Mike.
 
2013-03-05 06:45:21 PM  
Guess they upgraded their Emergency Systems to 01189998819991197253...

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2013-03-05 06:47:33 PM  
I just asked my 10-year-old what she would do. She said she'd call the police or grandma. I told her she wouldn't be a hero. :(
 
2013-03-05 06:48:56 PM  

theMagni: Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere. I'm baffled.

From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.

My Iranian co-worker has lived in Canada long enough to be a citizen and obtain a security clearance (albeit a limited one)

He tells me that he is still always checking behind him for the police, both religious and secular.  When we go out to eat, he doesn't like having his back to the door. Most of the world is a dangerous police state and those habits die hard.  When the police come to arrest you, you leave the jail in a tailored pine suit.

Kid could also have been in shock.  Dad the superhero isn't moving, well he must be playing.  My daughter's nine and I still remember the first time she saw me bleeding (shaving cut).

"Wait, you can get hurt?"


That many days? The kid could have gone to SCHOOL for help even. Someone else already pointed out he could have mailed a letter to his relatives...and gotten a faster response.
 
2013-03-05 06:49:11 PM  

theMagni: My Iranian co-worker has lived in Canada long enough to be a citizen and obtain a security clearance (albeit a limited one)

He tells me that he is still always checking behind him for the police, both religious and secular. When we go out to eat, he doesn't like having his back to the door. Most of the world is a dangerous police state and those habits die hard. When the police come to arrest you, you leave the jail in a tailored pine suit.


I have a close friend from Cuba, he is the same way, came here at 17 when his parents "disappeared." Even as a full US citizen he lives in fear of Castro finding him 25 years later.  He writes letters to is family in Cuba, using a P.O. Box he changes every 3 months.

/All he will say of his escape is "Dry foot on the 1st try."  I suspect that is because he doesn't want his escape route exposed.
 
2013-03-05 06:51:01 PM  

AnthraxRipple: I just asked my 10-year-old what she would do. She said she'd call the police or grandma. I told her she wouldn't be a hero. :(


A hero's someone who gets things done.  If in doubt, go get help.

My kids know to go to the neighbours and call for help from there.
 
2013-03-05 06:51:03 PM  

degenerate-afro: where the heck are they living, in the mountains?


Nebraska.
 
2013-03-05 06:54:34 PM  

Tom_Slick: I have a close friend from Cuba, he is the same way, came here at 17 when his parents "disappeared." Even as a full US citizen he lives in fear of Castro finding him 25 years later. He writes letters to is family in Cuba, using a P.O. Box he changes every 3 months.

/All he will say of his escape is "Dry foot on the 1st try." I suspect that is because he doesn't want his escape route exposed.


During the green revolution, Iran was actually tracking people down that had fled the country.  They were checking if he'd been back, given any aid to "rebels", stuff like that.  (Over the phone.)

So as the expression goes, it's not paranoia if they are actually after you.
 
2013-03-05 06:57:24 PM  
I'm completely baffled as to why he didn't go get help from somebody else.
 
2013-03-05 07:03:49 PM  

The Snow Dog: Sounds like the boy isn't too bright...


Yeah - this. Maybe the kid isn't too bright. It's great that he helped his father, but I can't imagine not seeking help in a situation like that.
 
2013-03-05 07:04:31 PM  
most 10-year-olds can't even find the Pop-Tarts

You must know some dumb 10yo's. Or ones with parents that continue to treat them as toddlers. The few kids (of that age) I know can pretty much handle a week of routine; the most adept can prepare full meals for his siblings so they aren't eating cereal and PBJs all week.
 
2013-03-05 07:07:50 PM  
In Florida (Orlando at least), the kids can not only find the pop tarts, but know how to safely use a toaster and possibly even drive their drunken father home from another 7-11 beer run.
 
2013-03-05 07:09:18 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: all things considered, if I slipped on a wet floor and couldn't move, my kids would spend three days laughing at me and making "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" jokes before calling anyone


Mom?
 
2013-03-05 07:12:17 PM  
Okay, so the guy died. Forty five years old and he slipped on a wet floor. And he died from it.

I'll acknowledge that humans are generally pretty flimsy critters, but that's really pushing it unless he already had some other serious medical condition.
 
2013-03-05 07:15:14 PM  
pop farts
 
2013-03-05 07:15:27 PM  

Tom_Slick: BarkingUnicorn: The house is in the heart of town, not the middle of nowhere. I'm baffled.

From the article it sounds like they were immigrants, if they are from a country where people live in fear of the authorities, that could be the reason the child did not call.


That, and/or lack of understanding of things that we consider basic in our lives (phones, ability to call emergency personnel, options on internet providers, etc) and when to use them.
 
2013-03-05 07:15:30 PM  

screwzloos: Forget the kid, I can't make sense of how a 45 year old could slip on a wet floor and be unable to get up to call for help himself for ten days. Even if he was *85*, that would be pushing it. Ten days is a really long time to be laying in your own filth without at least figuring something out.

A morbidly obese diabetic, maybe?


If he hit his head or fell because of a stroke, he probably wasn't able to get up. Article said that no one could communicate with him, so I'm thinking stroke.
 
2013-03-05 07:17:48 PM  

balisane: screwzloos: Forget the kid, I can't make sense of how a 45 year old could slip on a wet floor and be unable to get up to call for help himself for ten days. Even if he was *85*, that would be pushing it. Ten days is a really long time to be laying in your own filth without at least figuring something out.

A morbidly obese diabetic, maybe?

If he hit his head or fell because of a stroke, he probably wasn't able to get up. Article said that no one could communicate with him, so I'm thinking stroke.


Adele
 
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