10-year-old's quick thinking saves grandma

Posted at: 01/13/2014 10:23 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque grandmother says she is blessed to be alive on Monday, after falling into a near diabetic coma as she slept this weekend.

She says someone was watching over her, and now her family has a new hero.

Josiaphine Sandoval believes in a higher power and when her blood sugar dropped dangerously low in her sleep, she says she was very close to leaving this life.

"I thought I was dreaming, it just went down real bad," she said.

Sandoval is surrounded by angels. Figurines of the heavenly guardians are everywhere in her Albuquerque home.

But on Saturday, only one of her angels sprang into action.

"That night he decided to spend the night with me," said Sandoval, gesturing to her 10-year-old grandson, Anthony.

"He's my guardian angel," she said. "I'm very proud of him."

Anthony is more like a best pal to Sandoval. They do homework together, and of course they take off on the occasional imaginary trip.

"We go to France and Germany and all these places," said Sandoval.

Saturday night after a pretend vacation, the pair drifted off.

"We prayed and everything and went to bed," she said.

But Anthony woke up in the middle of the night.

"She started drooling, and I never saw her doing that before," said Anthony.

He could tell something was definitely wrong.

"She was breathing heavily, too," he said.

Sandoval was struggling for her life.

Her blood sugar had dropped so low, her body was shutting down.

Anthony quickly reacted, and called 911. He told the operator exactly what was happening. He stayed calm, he says, because the alternative wasn't an option.

"If I was not calm I would just be freaking out," he said.

The ambulance came, and Sandoval was treated, but now she's got a dedicated personal nurse.

"He wants to make sure that my sugar's right," she said.

Anthony's been keeping an eagle-eye on his grandma's blood-sugar checks, and makes sure she's keeping up with them.

Just like a guardian angel should.

"I love him and I thank him," she said.

Sandoval said she also wants to thank the first responders who helped her on Saturday.

She said she was especially thankful for the way paramedics made Anthony feel like a hero for his quick thinking.