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5-Year-Old Steers Car To Safety After Mom Has Seizure At Wheel

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File photo of a steering wheel. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a steering wheel. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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MADISON, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) - A boy became a local hero when he took the wheel of his mother’s car and drove it to safety after she began to have a seizure while driving.

During a recent car trip with her 5-year-old son Caleb Taylor, area resident Sandra Johnson began to experience a seizure while driving.

Caleb was asleep and buckled up in a car seat situated in the back seat when she began to suffer the effects of it.

“I was taking a nap, and I just woke up. Then I saw her not driving,” Caleb told WSOC-TV.

He then said he tried to wake her up, before eventually taking matters into his own small hands.

“[I asked her] ‘Mama, are you OK? Mama are you OK?’ And then I unbuckled and turned the car off,” he recalled.

He then put the car in neutral, took the keys out of the ignition, and ran to get help, the station learned. A passerby saw the commotion and called 911.

“There is a woman fell out on the side of the road,” the caller was quoted as saying. “Come quick.”

Thanks to Caleb’s fast thinking, his mother is now home safe and recovering from the seizure. Both she and her husband, Robert, are proud of their son’s quick-thinking actions during the crisis.

He noted to WSOC-TV of his son, “He was a superhero in my book.”

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