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Boy, 6, called hero after saving his grandmother's life

6-Year-Old Boy Saves His Grandmother's Life

By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 7, 2014) - A 6-year-old boy's family is calling him a hero after he saved his grandmother's life.

Owen Durocher's grandmother, Joy Turley, fell down the stairs and stopped breathing over the weekend while the family slept. Luckily, he heard the commotion and if it wasn't for his quick thinking, she could have died.

"He's my boy, my only boy, my only grandson right now," said Turley.

Owen is also the one who saved her life.

"I wouldn't be here to hopefully be here long enough for these other little ones," Turley said.

On Sunday, Turley had gone downstairs and collapsed at the bottom of the staircase while everyone was asleep. She couldn't breath; she couldn't do anything.

"Couldn't even talk hardly, all I could say was 'help' and beat on the floor," Turley recalled.

Owen was asleep nearby, and heard those desperate calls for help.

"I just heard her yelling on the floor and I hear tapping on the floor and heard my mommy's name and I came up to get my mommy and my daddy came down too," said Owen.

Medics arrived and rushed her to Franciscan Saint Francis Health, where she met with Dr. Irwin Labin.

"She was in shock, she required mechanical ventilation," said Labin. "She was very sick on arrival, and she turned around within 24 hours."

Open heart surgery is the next step from here, but with the love this family has, they say there is no reason she won't be as good as new. Owen wants that, so they can go treasure hunting like old times.

"I hope your heart feels better," Owen said.

As a reward, Owen is going to be thrown a party with any superhero theme he wants. The family also did want to thank the paramedics and the folks here at the hospital for their care that also saved her life.

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Tricilla August 09 2014 at 10:33 AM

That's great but "hero" just because he heard her and told the parents? lol Just think the word hero is thrown around too much.

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Mike August 09 2014 at 6:05 AM

Help! I've fallen and can't get up!

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meepstein August 09 2014 at 3:00 PM

A woman could have died and some of you idiots can just make jokes about it.

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raven93614 August 09 2014 at 11:45 AM

Great kid, good story, poor reporting. If Grandma had stopped breathing, she would not have been able to "hardly say help" or tap on the floor.

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TR by ML Neal... raven93614 August 09 2014 at 3:23 PM

Very true Raven. Poorly written article. Very poorly written.

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CAMERON August 09 2014 at 3:04 PM

Smart young man. What a great. Little boy so happy grandma is ok .

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dsherline August 09 2014 at 12:24 PM

Oh, the quality journalism we're constantly bombarded by.
First the story tells us, "Joy Turley, fell down the stairs ... over the weekend..."
Then a couple paragraphs later they tell us, "On Sunday, Turley had gone downstairs and collapsed at the bottom of the staircase..."
There's a significant difference between falling down the stairs and going downstairs and collapsing at the bottom.
So, which is it?
Either way, kudos to the kid. Not for being a "hero" but for doing the right thing.

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evnsaffl August 09 2014 at 9:36 AM

She couldn't breathE. (This seems to be a common error lately.)

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janieturnage August 09 2014 at 9:05 AM

Love those "grand" children.

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breid2 August 09 2014 at 8:49 AM

just totally awesome- and what luck this grandma enjoyeed. i could read stories like this all day long.

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CAMERON breid2 August 09 2014 at 3:05 PM


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TR by ML Neal... breid2 August 09 2014 at 3:23 PM

breid...why would you want to read stories lkike this all day that are very poorly written.

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dwtomczyk August 09 2014 at 7:38 AM

the tell tale heart tapped on the floor. the raven tapped on the door

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