10-year-old saves grandfather from drowning

Charlene Sakoda
Odd News

Cara Jumper, a heroic 10-year-old girl, recently saved her grandfather after he had a stroke and fell into the deep water of a pond. As reported by WIS News 10, when Cara saw her grandpa, Coy Jumper, fall into the pond in Swansea, South Carolina and she immediately sprang into action to save him from drowning.

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Cara told the station, “I didn’t think much at all. I just jumped down in there and got him out.” That was just the start of the granddaughter’s amazing rescue. After the pint sized hero pulled her 230-pound grandfather to shore, Cara then had to move him a quarter of a mile to their car. Coy’s cell phone was at the bottom of the pond, so they were unable to call 911. “He’s leaning on me and I’m basically carrying him. I think it was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done,” said Cara.

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Once the two were at the car, the 10-year-old had to take the wheel and drive 3-miles to her grandparent’s home. Cara recalled, “Well it was kind of hard, but I had done it a couple times before.”

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Esca, Coy’s wife, was there and Coy was taken to the hospital where he stayed for 6 days. Later the medical staff found the cause of the grandfather’s stroke, a small aneurysm. “We’re just so thankful that everything worked out and Cara’s adrenaline kicked in and she did what she had to do,” said the grandma.

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Mr. Jumper said that he has no memory of the incident aside from hitting the water but he knew the gravity of the situation. “I’d say I owe her my life ‘cause, I don’t know, I couldn’t get out by myself,” Coy told the station. "It's just one of them things, you know just, it’s hard to believe, but it happened you know?...I'm just glad she was here, that's the main thing."

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Video and more info: WIS