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Mom Goes Into Diabetic Shock; 5-Year-Old Saves Her Life

The Short of It

When 5-year-old Aydhun Byars's mom, Tarah Gunderlock, went into diabetic shock in their Aurora, Colo., home Monday, the little boy called 911, despite a disability that affects his hands.

The Lowdown

Tarah, who has Type 1 diabetes, went into shock and became incoherent in her home, according to ABC 7 News Denver. Aydhun, who wasn't sure what the problem was, remembered his grandmother taught him to dial 911—and did.

"I don't know what mom is doing, but I need someone's help," he told the 911 dispatcher in the lifesaving call. "She's sleeping and she opens her eyes and she never answers me."

Dialing doesn't come easy to Aydhun, who has some dexterity challenges because he has arthropyosis, a condition that causes joints to stiffen, and clubbed hands. He listened carefully to the dispatcher's instructions and followed them, and ultimately led paramedics to their home, even though he didn't know the apartment number.

"He did it at the perfect time, because if he'd waited, I could have had seizures, and that's really scary," Tarah said in a TV interview.


ABC News

The Upshot

I think we can expect more great things from this little guy, who's being called a superhero by his family.

"My super power is love and peanut butter!" he told ABC News. Sounds like the perfect combination to me!

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