Fifth-grader calls 911, helps save babysitter

Published On: Mar 07 2013 09:04:25 AM HST
ANDOVER, Mass. -

An Andover fifth-grader is being hailed a hero after he helped save his babysitter earlier this month.

Nicholas Duda, 11, was home on Feb. 22 with his babysitter, Corinne Keeler, who had recently had surgery.

Keeler, who is also a crossing guard, said she did not feel well and ran up to the bathroom.

Nicholas told the Eagle Tribune that she was “making weird noises so I went to check on her ... it wasn’t good. I saw red, and it was blood.”

Nicholas called 911 and stayed on the phone waiting for the paramedics, and when they arrived, he directed them upstairs and kept his dog out of the way.

Keeler was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, and was admitted to the ICU, where she stayed for three days.

Doctors told her she could have died had Nicholas not called for help.

Nicholas said his parents have taught him to be strong. He was also there when his father, Walter Duda, suffered a heart attack, and he helped his mother, who was battling ovarian cancer, the newspaper reported.



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