It’s an unimaginably scary situation: being trapped, near death, and with no one around to help or even know you’re in danger.
That’s the situation one Sumter, South Carolina man found himself in earlier this month—but just when all hope seemed lost, assistance came from the most unexpected place.
Allen Clemmons was outside doing some work on his Mustang convertible. To remove the car’s transmission, he raised the vehicle with a jack.
But suddenly, the car became loose and fell—while Clemmons was right underneath.
Clemmons was crushed by the car. He suffered from broken ribs and a fractured pelvis, and was desperate to escape, knowing that time was running out.
“I was having a really hard time breathing with it on top of me, even though I was kind of on my side,” Clemmons told WIS-TV.
He yelled for help, but no one in his family was home. As time passed, it became clear that no one could hear him.
But he made one more cry for help—one he thought would be his last.
“I asked God to help me, to give me one more holler and send an angel by my way,” Clemmons said. “The last holler before I give up.”
It was that last yell that finally got the attention of his neighbor: a 9-year-old boy named Malachi.
“I was playing outside and I heard someone yelling,” Malachi told WIS-TV. “He was saying something like he was stuck but I didn’t know what he meant.”
Malachi ran over to help, and discovered his neighbor trapped under the car—and remarkably, knew just what to do.
Even at his age, he knew how to raise the car off of Clemmons.
“My uncle taught me how to use a jack so I knew how,” the boy said.
Malachi raised the car with the jack, temporarily keeping Clemmons in safety while he ran to get his aunt. Soon, a tow truck arrived with a second jack and Clemmons was pulled from underneath the car.
The injured man was then flown to Palmetto Health, where he is expected to make a full recovery.
Clemmons is just grateful for the 9-year-old for saving his life.
“I don’t think I would have survived another 30 minutes,” he said. “It was getting really hard to breathe.”
“He is truly my guardian angel.”
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Posted by WIS TV on Monday, March 12, 2018