10-year-old jumps in pond to rescue grandfather
A 10-year-old South Carolina girl is being called a hero for getting her grandfather home after he had a stroke in the woods.
The Jumper family has lived around a pond for 10 years. A few weeks ago, Coy Jumper and his three granddaughters were walking around the pond, checking beaver traps when 10-year-old Cara saw her grandfather fall in.
"I didn't think much at all. I just jumped down in there," Cara said. "It was over papa's head, I knew that."
Cara kept Coy's head out of the water, pulled him onshore and guided the 230lb man to the car, a quarter of a mile away.
"He's leaning on me, and I'm basically carrying him," Cara described "It was the hardest thing I've ever done."
With the cell phone at the bottom of the pond, calling an ambulance wasn't an option so Cara navigated the back roads, driving the nearly 3 miles back home to deliver Coy to his wife Esca.
Coy spent 6 days in the hospital, where doctors discovered a small aneurysm. He can't remember anything except hitting the water, but he knows how close he came.
"You just have to have a while to think about it, and it all dawns on you," Coy said.
With Coy recovering, the family can look back on the scary episode with some nervous laughter, thanks to a 10-year old who's given her granddad a chance at a few more memories around the pond.
"I just did what I had to do," Cara said. "But everyone's been calling me a hero."