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Mom Says Couple Saved Boy Having Seizure Along I-295 on Christmas Day

"This is what Christmas really means"

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A mom in Prince George's County, Maryland, was overcome with gratitude and emotion Friday when she met the couple that saved her toddler son on Christmas Day.

"I want to thank y'all, that's all. I really do. Because I could have lost my son, you know?" Amber Williams said, tears streaming down her face.

Williams was driving on Interstate 295 near Suitland Parkway about 9 p.m. on Wednesday when her 1-year-old son Aayden got sick.

"He screamed out and then when I looked back, he was having a seizure," Williams said.

In a panic, she pulled over, got Aayden out and laid him on the ground.

She frantically screamed for help.

"We thought it was an accident," said China Adderley.

Adderley and her wife, Samantha Lebbie-Adderley, pulled over to help.

"We were about to pass right by. She was like, 'It's a baby on the ground,'" Adderley said.

Both trained in CPR, the couple went to work on Aayden.

"[Williams] looked at me and she said, 'Did he stop breathing?' and I had to tell her 'no' but he did," Lebbie-Adderley said.

But they didn’t give up.

They performed CPR and prayed until medics arrived.

Aayden first went to United Medical Center and then to Children's National, where his condition improved.

China and Samantha reunited with him and his mother at the hospital Friday and were there when the family received news that Aayden could go home.

Williams said the couple are guardian angels and asked them to be her kids' God parents.

"I’m truly thankful for them because I really don’t know what I would have done without my son," she said.

But the chance encounter was just as much a gift to the couple as it was to Williams, they said.

"It's all about family and it's all about people and life, man. It's not always about material things. This is what it's about," Adderley said.

"This is what Christmas really means," Lebbie-Adderley said.

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