Boy saves diabetic grandfather on Christmas

Posted at 10:08 PM, Dec 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-27 00:15:34-05

HOOPER, Utah -- A split-second decision saved them both. It was made by a boy just six years old, after his grandfather suffered a diabetic attack behind the wheel on Christmas.  The two were in the car together.  When grandpa blacked-out behind the wheel, his grandson jumped out of the backseat while the vehicle was moving and was able to get life-saving help .

"He's my hero," said Ron Vedaa.

The 63 year-old Type 1 diabetic owes his life to his grandson Sully.  Around 2 o'clock Christmas afternoon, the two were headed down Midland road in Hooper to a family member's house.

"I checked my blood about 12:30. It was a little bit on the high side,” said Vedaa.  “I had taken a correction, snacked on some food before we got into the car.  I felt perfectly fine."

But while driving his blood sugar hit 20.  Normal levels are between 80 & 120.

"i remember him going slow and asking him a bunch of questions and he kept on acting all tired," said 6 year-old Sully.

Moments before the Chrysler crossed to the other side of the road and crashed.

“I jumped out of the car and rolled,” said Sully

Fortunately, the vehicle wasn't going fast.   Sully wasn’t hurt and ran to the only house in the area.

“He come running up.  He was scared,” said homeowner David Trujillo

Trujillo's daughter called 9-1-1.  He took FOX 13 to the scene.

“Here's where he was,” said Trujillo.  “His tire was just burnt, that's all rubber there.”

Grandpa's foot was still on the gas and the car was lodged on a boulder which kept it from slamming into a nearby building.  Ironically, David Trujillo is also a diabetic.  He was there to help and knew what to do.

"We finally started opening the doors and gave him some orange juice and he finally started waking up a little bit," he said.

It was a case of help from a stranger after quick action by a 6 year-old boy.

"As soon as I got to the scene I grabbed him and i was like 'I'm so proud of you!'," said Sully’s mother McKell Vedaa.  "I said 'Sullivan, you don't understand you saved your grandpa's life.'"

“He'll be my hero until the day I'm gone.  He means a lot to me," added Ron Vedaa who admits he didn’t check his blood sugar right before he got behind the wheel.  He says he’s learned a lesson and hopes others will from his story.