• Oct 27th 2010 at 10:01AM
  • 13
The Nintendo DS, a handheld video game system, can be a major time-suck for us kids of all ages. It's no surprise that the mother of seven year-old Christoper Miszkowiec wanted him to cut down on the amount of time he spends playing with one. What is surprising is that mom Kathleen has recently had a change of heart. What prompted this reversal? Christoper saved her life with his toy.

We may come across cattle, deer and a host of other animals when driving here in the States. Down in Australia, the Miszkowiec family was driving down a country road late one evening when a kangaroo hopped across their path. The car crashed into the creature, causing it to roll several times.

The father of the family was able to scramble out of the vehicle and rescue the couple's six-month old child, the youngest of three. Christoper unbuckled himself and then his five-year old brother, but Kathleen was unconscious up front. A country road is an especially dark place at night and it was impossible to see, so Christoper turned on his Nintendo DS. Using the light from the screen, he made his way to his mother and got her out of her seat to safety.

To honor the young man, Christopher Miszkowiec was part of a group that received Ambulance Victoria Community Hero awards for extraordinary life-saving acts. The award was presented at Melbourne's Parliament House.

[Source: News.com.au]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really glad everyone is safe, but I kind of expected more from the story. I was kind of hoping that the kid would have grabbed the Dad's cell phone and linked it to the DS and sent out an SOS text message or something like that. Instead what you're telling me is I should have my 3 yr old play with a flashlight on long trips.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was expecting.... I mean, don't we all use our cell phones at some point or another as a flashlight? Does that mean we're all super smart, tactile thinkers as well?

        Glad you're safe, family, but really, how much intelligence does it really require to use your only light source effectively.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What they don't tell you is that his DS also caused the wreck, because they were turned around yelling at him in the back seat for having the volume too loud :-P (just kidding, I hope).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok I'll bite. How big of a kangaroo do you have to hit to make ANY vehicle roll several times? Do these furry little critters grow to the size of giraffes down there and the rest of the world not know of it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The car crashed into the creature, causing it to roll several times."

        I don't know, but from the sentence above it seems that the question should be: How big does a car have to be to make a Kangaroo roll several times?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your ignorance is showing.

        Kangaroos aren't furry little critters like bunnys or squirrels which are easily squished beneath the radials...
        ...they're large animals - some males can grow as large as 200 lbs and 2 metres tall - so hitting one at speed is just like hitting a human or a medium sized deer.

        Australlian Tractor Trailer rigs and other vehicles in the Outback have what appear to be big brush bars mounted to the front which are called "Roo Bars" so that a late night encounter w/ a Kangaroo or stray steer won't destroy the vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am thinking swerving was involved or maybe a ditch or something to get the vehicle to roll. The story does not mention what kind of vehicle, so maybe it was an SUV or truck and they swerved to miss the kangaroo, hit it anyways, but it was enough to make it roll?

        OR the kangaroo was actually a T-1000 in disguise and Christopher is actually an important solider in the fight against SkyNet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great story, the DS is incidental. The story is about the courage and ingenuity of a 7 year old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this happend this past JULY, you are so late on this news, u might as well just not have reported it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who cares?

        It's not like it's the debut of the Reventon, it's just a fun story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was thinking, "Didn't I already read this... months ago?"
      • 4 Years Ago
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X