Six-year-old Karter was shopping with his grandmother Carolyn Cook, but as they were leaving, Karter noticed something from across the lot and knew something was very wrong.
He told Cook to stop, but she didn’t understand the seriousness of the situation at first.
Then, urgently, he told her that a man had collapsed—he was hurt and needed help.
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.
“To prove to him that there was nobody laying there I turned and went back,” Cook said. “And when I did, the man was laying behind the truck.”
Sure enough, he was telling the truth. It turned out that a 64-year-old man did collapse across the lot. He had had a heart attack, and thanks to Karter’s eagle eye, help was on the way just in time.
“When the man came out around that corner, he looked like he fell down,” Karter recounted.
Cook rushed back to where the man was once she saw that Karter wasn’t lying, and a woman nearby, noticing them, came over to help and was able to give the man CPR. Cook called and waited for an ambulance.
“He was hurt he could only breathe a few gasps,” Karter said.
“If [Karter] had not seen him, there was no telling how long he would’ve been there—there were people walking all around the parking lot but no one was paying him any attention,” Cook said.