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Boy Helps Save Father's Life During Medical Emergency

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HERMISTON, Ore. - Oregon state police say a five-year-old Spokane boy helped save his father's life who suffered a stroke Sunday while driving into Oregon.

Officers say around 7:00 a.m., Spokane police received a phone call from the boy's mother. She told officers her son, Dax, had just called and told her they needed help because his father, 46-year-old Robert Paget, was having some type of a medical emergency. Dax also told his mother they were somewhere in Oregon.

Spokane officers worked through the father's phone company to determine the cell phone's signal pinged on a cellular tower near Stanfield, Oregon. Oregon state police began checking Interstate 82 and Interstate 84 for any sign of Dax and his father.

One trooper called Paget's phone and believed he may be suffering a stroke. The young boy took the phone and answered questions so officers could try to find the car. Dax told officers there was a train passing by the car. This led troopers to I-84, west of I-82, where train tracks paralleled the freeway lanes.

Around 7:45 a.m., troopers found the vehicle along the westbound shoulder of I-84. Oregon state police dispatch re-directed an ambulance to the area. Troopers found Paget inside the car, having difficulty speaking, was unable to move one side of his body, and was starting to lose consciousness.

Emergency responders arrived around 7:55 a.m., and took Paget to a nearby hospital in Hermiston. They eventually transported him to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

Paget was listed in critical condition as of Sunday but is expected to survive and is showing signs of improvement.

Dax's mother says she recently talked with him about unlocking the screen to a cell phone and calling his mom or dad in times of an emergency. And in this case, it helped save a life. She also says Dax wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

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