For the elderly, even short falls can have dreadful consequences. According to the National Council on Aging, every 19 minutes, an older adult aged 65 and above dies from a fall. Fortunately, for the elderly men in this story, “little angels” came to their rescue when they slipped and fell.
Back on March 23, 2017, Karter Thorpe, then 6, was shopping with his grandmother Carolyn Cook, but as they were leaving, the boy noticed something from across the lot and knew something was very wrong.
Karter told his grandmother to stop, but she didn’t understand the seriousness of the situation at first.
Then, urgently, the boy told her that a man had collapsed—he was hurt and needed help. “No, you have to stop! He’s hurt, he’s hurt. You have to go back!” he screamed.
— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) March 31, 2017
The parking lot was full of people walking around, and there was no sign of an emergency or danger. Cook thought Karter must have been seeing things or making things up.
“I said that a few times and then she turned around to show me I was wrong,” Karter told WTKR.
Sure enough, Karter was telling the truth. When Cook turned and went back, she saw a man lying next to his truck.
It turned out that a 64-year-old man did collapse across the lot. He had had a massive heart attack, and thanks to Karter’s eagle eye, help was on the way just in time.
The little boy was in the back seat of his grandma's car when he saw something unsettling: a man lying lifeless on the…
Cook went to check on the man. “He was gasping for air,” Cook recalled.
A woman nearby came over to help and was able to give the elderly man CPR, while Cook called and waited for an ambulance.
The man was rushed to the hospital, and his family later told Cook he would have died if not for Karter’s quick response. “Thankful that God put me in that parking lot when he did,” said Cook. “[Karter] would not take no for answer, he was determined and I’m glad he was.”
Because of Karter’s life-saving act, he’s being hailed as a “little angel” by the elderly man’s family.
Jet Massagli, 12, is another “little angel” whose quick-thinking action helped save an 87-year-old man’s life.
On March 8, 2019, Jet was doing the bike stunt in his Orangevale neighborhood when he noticed a total stranger, an 87-year-old man named Chuck Martin, walking around the corner.
All of a sudden, Martin tripped and fell over a pavement, landing face first on uneven concrete. Jet saw blood gushing from the elderly man’s head, staining his clothes and the ground.
Jet was terrified. “It kind of scared me because I thought he was gonna pass out or something ’cause (blood) was running, dripping all over his clothes and all over the ground,” Jet told FOX40.
Right after the fall, Martin was struggling to use his phone, which was covered with blood, to call for help. As Martin is on blood thinners, he knew he “could’ve bled out fairly quickly” and needed medical attention immediately.
Thankfully, Jet came to his rescue. He jumped into action to help the elderly man. He rushed over to Martin, saying, “Sir, are you OK?”
Martin gave Jet his home address. Upon Martin’s instruction, Jet hopped on his bike and rode as fast as he could to his house so as to inform his wife about the accident.
After informing Martin’s wife, Lizbeth, about what happened, Jet cycled back to the accident scene to stay by Martin’s side till first responders arrived.
Thanks to Jet’s quick-thinking action and pure kindness, Martin received emergency aid just in time. Other than requiring stitches and antibiotics for his injuries, he was doing fine.
“I’m just really happy to meet this guy and to get to know him,” a grateful Martin said.
Everyone can save a life, even kids! The consequences would be unthinkable if not for the prompt actions of these “little angels.”
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