Man Talks About Helping 6-Year-Old After Accident

Frantz Jean-Claude is a nurse at Aventura Hospital

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    As soon as Frantz Jean-Claude saw Keenan Smith, he put his medical skills to work helping the 6-year-old boy. Keenan's aunt, Marie Boule, said Jean-Claude's timing was miraculous. (Published Monday, March 11, 2013)

    An accident Friday night involving 6-year-old Keenan Smith quickly turned into a spur of the moment rescue mission for Frantz Jean-Claude.

    “It happened right here and I just stopped. I stopped the car right here in the middle of the street and I run across the street and check the child to see what happened," said Jean-Claude.

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    He’s a nurse who works at Aventura Hospital and as soon as he saw the little boy on his way to the gym, he immediately put his medical skills to work. Jean-Claude said he checked for a pulse and started CPR right away.

    He placed a piece of paper around the child’s bloody mouth for safety precautions and continued to blow into his mouth.

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    “After about 3 to 5 minutes of CPR he start coughing and I feel pulse again," he said.

    Keenan, 6, and his grandfather were leaving their house, crossing the street when the crash occurred.

    Marie Boule is Keenan’s aunt and she says Frantz and his timing was miraculous.

    “This is something that we are very grateful for. The person was basically an angel who helped save him so it’s something that the whole family, his sister his mom is very grateful and thankful for," said Boule.

    “I’m so grateful because God gave me the opportunity to save this child’s life,” said Jean-Claude.

    Little Keenon Smith is still recovering in the hospital with some fractures but his family says he will just fine.

    Tuesday night Jean-Claude will be honored North Miami Police for his actions, but police don’t have any information on the hit-and-run driver.

    Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.