Raleigh boy's quick actions likely saved grandfather's life after he had a stroke


Jordan McBride kept his cool, and picked up the phone just how his mother taught him, and they'd practiced. The only difference was, during this emergency, the first grader was about 200 miles away from home visiting his grandparents out-of-state.

Last Friday, Jordan was wrapping up a stay with his grandparents in Hampton, Virginia when his grandfather, 69-year-old Willie Marshall Jr. started having a stroke.

"He was feeling weak," said Jordan. "He couldn't move."

Since Jordan's grandmother was gone, his first thought was to call his mom.  

"He's like, 'Mommy, mommy, there's something wrong with my grandfather,' and I said 'What's wrong,'" said Jordan's mother Ladawn Marshall-McBride.

"He laid down on the floor," said Jordan. "He was wiggling a little bit, and making noises."

"I said, 'Jordan what I want you to do is I want you to calm down. I want you to hang up the phone with me, and I want you to call 911,'" said Ladawn.

That's exactly what Jordan did, calmly talking to dispatchers. He said he wasn't afraid.

Meanwhile, Ladawn called her parents' next door neighbors. By the time they and paramedics arrived his grandpa had gotten worse.

"He got into the ambulance, and he started convulsing," said Ladawn.

One misstep could have been the difference between life and death, but this story has a happy ending because Jordan's mom taught him to dial 911.

"Oh, I'm so proud of him," said Ladawn.

When his grandfather regained consciousness, he told Jordan that he was his hero.

Ladawn doesn't believe Jordan fully understands what a huge deal this is, but he probably will when his classmates hear about it soon over the morning announcements at school.

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