An Elderly Woman Needed Help And This Third Grader Sprung Into Action

In Conway, Arkansas, Caleb, a third grader at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School heard a groaning from across the street that woke him up early on September 8. Caleb said, “It was a groaning noise calling for help and I looked out the window and she was on the ground in the garage." The groaning came from his 81-year-old neighbor Sue Watson, who was heading to take out the trash when she fell and broke her hip. Caleb said, “At first I got mad and started feeling like I should run over there and help." Although Caleb isn't allowed to leave the house without his parents' permission, he knew his neighbor needed help. Caleb stated “I didn't really worry too much about going and doing the right thing."

He ran across the street to check on Watson, when he realized she was suffering a painful injury, he ran back home to tell his mother to call for help. Tom Watson, Sue’s son, said, “Very fortunate that he was aware something different was going on. Absolutely he's a hero. I mean any young kid that takes the time to help others period, especially someone in stress like that.” Watson had surgery on Sept. 10 and will have to go through physical therapy, but is expected to make a full recovery. Caleb even told her that he would take her trash out for her. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 patients with hip fractures dies within a year of becoming injured. Sue believes Caleb is a hero.

Photo: Arkansas Matters

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