With doctor intuition and nurse care, 12-year-old Madison Biehner, of Blue Point, may have saved the life of 9-year-old Danny Harrison, also of Blue Point, after a bicycle accident left the latter …
With doctor intuition and nurse care, 12-year-old Madison Biehner, of Blue Point, may have saved the life of 9-year-old Danny Harrison, also of Blue Point, after a bicycle accident left the latter with a laceration on his thigh.
Madison was returning home from the Bayport-Blue Point Library when she noticed Danny on Middle Road, who had been knocked off his bicycle. He had gotten his handlebars entrenched in some hedges that caused him to fall off his bicycle and, on his way down, the pedal cut his inner thigh.
Instinctively, Madison went over and applied pressure on the bleeding wound and kept Danny lucid and talking. Using a cell phone her mother gave her, she was able to contact Danny’s parents, who came at once to the accident site.
Danny’s mother, Kim, said she was overwhelmed with gratitude for Madison for remaining calm, being helpful, and showing such consideration when she was assisting her son.
“She did everything perfectly—we wanted to let her and her parents know how grateful we are. She’s amazing,” said Kim.
Danny was taken to the emergency room at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown, where he was treated for several hours and received over 30 stitches (“The doctor stopped counting at 30,” said Kim) for the puncture wound.
Following the treatment, Danny would be on crutches for a short period of time.
“She had called me, explained where they were, and told me his condition. She said she’d be waiting with him until we arrived,” said Kim about the fraught experience that was assuaged by Madison’s care and sharp thinking.
Kim had actually met Madison prior to the accident at the library the week before, having had a delightful chat while both were in the library’s premier maker space.
“It was a relief to know he’d been in such good hands,” said Kim.
Madison’s mother, Brittney, said she did not understand the gravity of the situation until she spoke with Kim.
“Madison just called and said she was going to be late coming home from the library,” said Brittney.
The Harrison and Biehner families both attend Our Lady of the Snow Church in Blue Point, and Brittney felt that there was a celestial reason for the two children coming together in a time of need.
“It’s no coincidence that she was there when someone needed her help,” said Brittney, “She found a purpose and bonded with this boy.”
Even as a kindergartner, young Madison showed an affinity with aiding the ailing and announced she wanted to be a doctor after seeing the St. Jude Children’s Hospital commercials, remarking, “Maybe if I help, there won’t be sick kids anymore.”
Brittney said what really made her proud was that “[she knew her] daughter is a good human being with helping someone in a way that is so beyond her understanding as a 12-year-old.”
The Blue Point Civic Association, at their November monthly meeting, honored Madison for her brave efforts.
This is the first time the civic association has presented a community member with a certificate of recognition from their group, and president Jason Borowski said, “We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Maddie. We feel that it is important to recognize community members that exemplify a sense of civic duty to look out for other members of our community. Maddie certainly fits that description, and our community is a better place because she is in it.”
The Biehners moved to Blue Point in 2019, and with two younger children, Brittney said that sometimes the focus is not directly on Madison, but that this recognition helped give her a boost in confidence.
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