As six-year-old Karter Thorpe was on an errand with his grandmother Carolyn Cook, he noticed a still man laying prone in a Lowe’s parking lot. The man, was not only on his back but beginning to exhibit seizures. It was at this point that Thorpe got his grandmother’s attention by yelling for her to turn around and save the man who seemed to not be acting like people should. While Cook initially chalked up the outbursts up Thorpe having a vivid imagination, his insistence that something was wrong with the man won out after she turned in the man’s direction to show Thorpe that no one was in pain.
Cook made an immediate u-turn to check on the man. After tracking him down from seeing a pair of feet sticking out of a truck’s profile, Cook saw that her grandson had been telling the truth. When Cook noticed that the unnamed man was gasping for air, she called 911 on her cellular phone as another bystander performed CPR until an ambulance could arrive. The man was taken to a nearby hospital.
While Cook never managed to learn the man’s name, his family contacted her about the incident through social media a week later. While the family prefers to remain anonymous, they explained that the man had been fighting off cardiac arrest; had her grandson not alerted her to the situation, she would not have saved the man’s life. Cook attributes God and her nephew for being in the right place and the right time. The family applauded Thorpe’s diligence and have given them the nickname of “little angel.”
The average age a people first has a heart attack varies; men are likely to experience one at age 66, while women average out at age 70. Despite being perceived as a “man’s disease,” women succumb to the ailment just as often as men do. While the United States sees one person experience a heart attack every 34 seconds, most of the people survive the event. Furthermore, most heart attacks happen to “first-timers,” meaning the unnamed man may likely never experience another.