A little boy saved his great-grandfather’s life after he
slipped into a diabetic coma.
On Saturday 21 July young Aiden Smith from Walsall,
England, was visiting his great-granddad Brian Clark when he noticed the
pensioner having a hypoglycaemic attack, which
left him unable to speak.
But instead of panicking, the primary school pupil rushed
to grab Brian’s blood-sugar testing kit after seeing the 73-year-old use it
many times before.
When Aiden realised the
retired engineer’s blood-sugar levels were dangerously low, he quickly grabbed
some jelly babies – saving Brian from a fatal coma.
“I’m so proud of Aiden, he’s so smart,” Brian says.
“My wife was out shopping so it was just us in the house.
Suddenly I realised I wasn’t well but I
couldn’t move and couldn’t say a thing.
“Aiden had watched me measuring my blood sugar every day so
he knew how to use it.
“Then he ran and got the jelly babies and quickly put a few
in my mouth.
“He was very calm. It took me about 10 minutes to come
“I’m very proud, he really saved my life.”
Little Aiden usually spends the weekends with Brian and his
great-grandmother Sandra (70) but on Saturday he was alone with his
After feeding the pensioner, who has had type 2 diabetes
for 30 years, two jelly babies and giving him Lucozade to sip on, the
six-year-old tested Brian’s sugar level again.
Luckily, within 10 minutes his sugar level had gone up and
the great-grandad was feeling much better by the time his wife came home.
“I was really shocked,” Sandra said. “I couldn’t have done
much even if I’d known what was happening as I was out of the house.
“Aiden has watched his grandad use the finger-prick tester
so many times, so he knew how it worked.
“I’m just so proud of him.”
Aiden – who’s also suffered from asthma attacks – now hopes
to become a paramedic.
“He’s never had any first aid training. We’ve all been
watching my grandad for years and we just know what to do, so he did it
automatically,” said Aiden’s mom, Hayley Farren (27).
“His brain is like a sponge, he absorbs everything.
“I don’t think he even realised
how important it was what he did. He saved grandad’s life. He’d definitely be
in a coma if it hadn’t been for Aiden.
“When I asked him about it he just said, ‘Mommy, I just
knew what I needed to do.’
“I’m so proud of him – for a six-year-old to do all this is a big deal.
“He’s such a sweet, loving little boy. He always thinks
about others more than himself.”
Source: Magazine Features