Skylar Bremen, 9, didn’t really think of himself as a superhero, but he doesn’t really mind the title, as long as his 6-year-old brother Connor is his sidekick.
The two Turlock brothers are being heralded as heroes by their grandmother Julie Bradford, who credits her grandsons with saving her when she fell into a diabetic stupor.
“I would not be walking around if they hadn’t of jumped into action,” Bradford said.
Bradford was watching the two boys on a January day when she began to feel “off,” she explains.
“I felt like I was in a fog,” Bradford said. “I couldn’t get off the couch or do anything. I felt very muddled, almost like I was drunk.”
Diabetic ketoacidosis, is a life-threatening complication for individuals with diabetes that is caused by a shortage of insulin in the body. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and dehydration, as well as confusion, lethargy, stupor and in some cases coma.
Bradford, who has had diabetes for the past 50 years, believes she must have burned off too much insulin, leaving her blood sugar dangerously low.
“I couldn’t move and I was telling the boys they needed to slap me, so I could get out of this stupor,” Bradford said.
Skylar wasn’t exactly too keen on striking his grandmother and could only give her light taps, but Connor went at it with real gusto, Bradford recalled.
“He gave me a good slap. It left a mark on my face.”
However, it wasn’t enough to rouse Bradford fully from her stupor.
“They were trying to help me eat some crackers and drink some juice, but I couldn’t do it. I told them to try the neighbor, and then I told them they had to call 911.
Both boys said they had learned about calling for help, but putting the lesson into practice was a bit overwhelming.
“Skylar has autism and it can give him issues with his communication,” Bradford said. “But he dialed 911 and put the phone line down on the table and I was able to yell out to them that I was having an insulin reaction and that there were children in the home.”
In no time emergency personnel were at the scene and ready to assist Bradford, but not before Skylar insisted on them showing him a badge to prove they were “the good guys.”
“The cops, firemen and doctors were all there. I saw them all,” recounted Connor.
Bradford said she got the medical help she needed and has not had any more issues. While the incident certainly scared her and the two boys, it also showed her just what her grandsons are capable of handling.
“I am just so darn proud of them for holding it together the way they did,” Bradford said.