SC 5th grader hailed a ‘hero’ for helping save elderly woman’s life


WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A 5th grader is being called a “hero” for helping save a life.

Charles Warren, 10, of West Columbia was riding his bike when he saw 85-year-old Italean Hudson lying in her yard. He stopped to make sure she was okay, and Italean told the boy she had been unable to get up for an hour.

Source: WIS-TV
Source: WIS-TV

“It was really scary for me because I’m only ten, I didn’t know what to do,” said Charles.

But, he did exactly what he was supposed to do. He immediately found someone to call 911 and stayed with her until help arrived.

Family members don’t know what could have happened if Charles had not stopped. Charles said he was just doing what was right, and he hopes it inspires his classmates to do good deeds.

“First I thought, ‘stranger,’ then I thought ‘she really looks like she needs help,” Charles said. “I saw her on the ground and I’m a very helpful person. If I see anything like that, I’m going to help.”

Hudson’s daughter said her mom is out of the hospital and recovering. Charles even paid them a visit after school on Thursday once Italean was released from the hospital. She said Charles is a special angel in their lives.

The Saluda River Academy for the Arts is planning to recognize Charles at the next board meeting on Sept.17.

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