Four kids in Iowa gave their dad an early Father’s Day present: The gift of life.
Matt Gannaway was tearing down an old shed from his own mother’s yard Tuesday morning with the help of his children.
“We had it almost all of the way torn down. We were just waiting for it to fall the rest of the way,” Gannaway told InsideEdition.com.
Then tragedy struck: The shed fell down on him and knocked him unconscious.
“It came down like it was supposed to, but then it flipped over sideways and knocked me out and pinned me underneath it,” Gannaway told WHO TV.
Luckily, Gannaway had given his 13-year-old son, Ethan, a cell phone beforehand with instructions to call 911 if anything bad happened.
The boy did as he was told, and then he and his younger siblings, 11-year-old Peyton, 9-year-old Addison and 5-year-old Kaiden sprang into action.
They somehow raised the shed up and dragged their dad to a safer spot before paramedics arrived.
“It was a heavy shed,” Ethan said, according to CBS News. “We tried to keep him from dying and get the ambulance over here to save him.”
Gannaway was unconscious for five minutes before he woke up to the sound of sirens.
“I was just in extreme extreme pain,” he said, according to CBS News.
Gannaway suffered a broken scapula and several cuts and bruises from the accident. It was only when he was at the hospital that he learned just how narrowly he avoided a fatal neck or back injury.
A few days later, he remains impressed with how his kids handled the situation.
“I’m just absolutely so proud of them,” Gannaway told the Marshalltown Times-Republican. “[When] I heard that my kids were the ones that saved me, I couldn’t have had a prouder moment.”
His son, Ethan, is just grateful for the happy ending.
“I’m very happy to see that my dad is OK and made it through it,” he told KCRG TV. “I don’t know what I would have done if he had died.”
But Gannaway quickly went from being a hospital patient back to being a dad.
A few hours after the ordeal, he took his kids to their regularly scheduled softball games and watched them from the stands.
“The least I could do is try to support them a little bit,” he told the Marshalltown Times-Republican.