6-Year-Old Mass. Boy Makes Life-Saving 9-1-1 Call

EMTs said the boy's accurate description of his grandfather's condition--that he needs to use needles & was covered in sweat--helped them quickly treat him


 
 

| Tuesday, September 6, 2011


HAVERHILL, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man said he credits his 6-year-old grandson's cool head with saving his life by dialing 911 when he collapsed from diabetic shock.

Charles Henderson, 47, said he collapsed last month at his Haverhill home and his grandson, Zach Powers, kept calm and called 911 when he was unable to reach his grandmother by phone, WBZ Newsradio and WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Monday.


"We hit a couple buckets of golf balls, went to the store and we came home. One thing led to another and, apparently, I went down," Henderson said.

Powers said he knew what to say when he called 911.

"I told them where to go and they had a radio for the things. I told them my yellow house next door," the boy said.

EMTs said the boy's description of his grandfather's condition, including the fact that he needs to use needles and was covered in sweat, helped them quickly treat Henderson's condition.

Henderson said he couldn't be more proud of his grandson.

"His grandmother had talked to him about calling 911 and that morning I had said, 'You know Zack, if anything ever happens, you need to call 911,'" Henderson said. "He made a bigger impression with all of the emergency services people and the dispatch. He's quite self-confident. He's a pleasure to have around."
 




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