A 5-year-old Spokane boy saved his father’s life when he directed an Oregon State trooper to a spot on the highway where the 46-year-old man was having a stroke, a state patrol official said Monday.
The boy and his father, Robert Paget, were driving on Interstate 84 near Hermiston Sunday morning when Paget lost feeling on one side of his body and was having trouble speaking, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, state patrol spokesman. The boy called his mother, who called 911 from Spokane.
The 911 dispatcher called Paget’s cell phone company and traced his phone to a tower near Stanfield, Ore., Hastings said. Two troopers began looking on Interstate 82 and 84 for Paget’s car.
One of the troopers called Paget’s phone and the boy was able to describe the area where they were parked, Hastings said.
A short time later, a trooper found the car parked on Interstate 84, Hastings said. Paget was starting to lose consciousness when the trooper arrived.
An ambulance took Paget to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. He was later taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Paget was listed in critical condition Sunday and is expected to survive, Hastings said.
The boy’s mother had recently taught him how to unlock the screen on a cell phone and call her, Hastings said.