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6-year-old boy credited with saving grandmother’s life

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) – A family is preparing to throw a superhero themed party for a 6-year-old boy, who they calling their very own hero.

Owen Durocher was asleep when he heard commotion in the hallway.

“I just heard her yelling on the floor and I heard tapping on the floor and heard my mommy’s name, and I came up to get my mommy, and my daddy came down too,” Owen told WXIN.

Joy Turley, Owen’s grandmother, collapsed at the bottom of the family’s staircase while everyone was asleep.

She couldn’t breathe and could barely move.

“Couldn’t even talk hardly, all I could say was ‘help’ and beat on the floor,” Turley said.

Owen was the only one to hear those pleas for help.

Medics arrived and rushed her to the hospital.

“She was in shock, she required mechanical ventilation,” said Dr. Irwin Labin. “She was very sick on arrival, and she turned around within 24 hours.”

Open heart surgery is the next step for Turley, who says she is grateful for the second chance her grandson gave her.

“He’s my boy, my only boy, my only grandson right now,” she said.

“I hope your heart feels better,” Owen said.

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