3-year-old's 911 call saves grandma's life

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In an extraordinary phone call, a 3-year-old saved a life in Maple Shade, New Jersey.

It is a story that for some is too improbable to believe. Our hero is, after all, only 3 years old. But even doctors say if not for his quick thinking, his grandmother who is recuperating would not be alive.

Candace Robbins, the mother of 3-year-old Jaden Bolli, taught him how to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency last Monday.

"I told him 'You have to call 9-1-1, hit the green button and tell them that you need help,' and he said,'OK,'" Robbins told Action News.

Of course, no one could have predicted that only four days later, Jaden would be putting his newfound skills to work.

Last Friday morning, call it fate, call it destiny, Jaden was supposed to be watched by his grandmother, Chris Robbins. However, she fell ill and had to have his other grandmother, Patricia Bolli, whom Jaden calls, 'Mom-Mom'. They were about to play with puzzles when suddenly Bolli suffered a stroke.

"I fell on the floor and passed out," Patricia Bolli told Action News. "Jaden, I remember him calling, 'Mom-Mom, Mom-mom, wake up.'"

Moments later, she said, Jaden picked up the phone and called 9-1-1.

Here's how the conversation went:

  • DISPATCHER: 9-1-1, what's your emergency?
  • Jaden: Hi&&
  • Jaden: Hi&&
  • Jaden: Mom Mom's sick
  • DISPATCHER: What's wrong?
  • Jaden: Mom Mom's sick
  • DISPATCHER: What's wrong with her?
  • Jaden: Her blood sugar?
  • DISPATCHER: Her blood sugar
  • Jaden: Yeah.
  • Jaden:
  • DISPATCHER: OK. How old are you?
  • Jaden: Three
  • DISPATCHER: Three?
  • Jaden: Uh-huh
Within minutes, police & paramedics arrived at the Maple Shade home where the little boy unlocked the door and then let them in. However, Jaden was wise enough to lock the dog in the bedroom so he wouldn't get in the way.

"The fact that he did what he had to and didn't freak out or panic or get shy or embarrassed and go hide somewhere, like he knew what to do and he was calm about it," said John Bolli, Jaden's father.

Patricia Bolli was rushed to Kennedy University center in Cherry Hill. The doctors who work in the emergency room there say, if help had arrived just a few minutes later, Patricia Bolli may have died.

"He doesn't really get it," Jaden's mother says. "Nope, that's why all this will be for him when he gets older, he can go back and look at it."

For now, Jaden is just happy his "Mom-Mom" is going to be alright. He is content to go back to play with his toys; but, it is a story that Jaden's family, the police, paramedics and doctors who responded will remember for a very long time.

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