8-year-old Wadena boy saves his great-grandma's life
Wadena-Deer Creek second-grader Brayden Canning is being hailed a hero for saving his great-grandma’s life.
Last Friday after school, Brayden went to spend time with his Great-Grandma Ginna like he usually does three times a week. When he arrived at her apartment at Humphrey Manor in Wadena, he found her sleeping on the floor. He tried waking her but she started to shake. He knew something was wrong and went for help.
Brayden’s grandma, Pam Canning, had prepared her grandson well on what to do if this would happen to his 91-year-old great-grandma (Pam’s mother).
“He’s been told, if she’s ever sleeping on the floor or you can’t wake her up, go get help. And he did,” said Canning.
When Brayden went downstairs at Humphrey Manor, “there sat all of his ‘old friends,’ ” explained Canning with a smile, “and Brayden told them what happened.” They quickly called for help.
Meanwhile, when Canning arrived at Humphrey Manor, she was amazed at her grandson’s demeanor. “He was calm when I got there. It was really amazing. He told me, ‘I tried to wake her up but she started to shake.’ And he knew what to do. I couldn’t be prouder of this boy.”
Great-Grandma Ginna had suffered a massive stroke. A clot had released from her heart and went to the left side of her brain. Even though she’s since been discharged from the hospital she’s now in a rehab unit.
When Canning’s co-workers at M|State in Wadena heard about Brayden’s heroic actions, they told School Resource Officer Nick Grabe all about it.
Officer Grabe in turn shared Brayden’s story with Wadena Police Chief Naomi Plautz and they decided this brave boy needed to be recognized with a citizenship award. That award was presented to Brayden in front of his second-grade class by Plautz and Grabe on Thursday. Canning’s co-workers also threw in a $10 gift card at Fresh Freeze for Brayden.
As Canning wipes the tears from her eyes, she can’t help but smile through the tears. She’s beyond proud of her grandson and happy her mother is alive. She also hopes her grandson’s heroic actions will someday save another life possibly by example.
Chief Plautz said if parents are having trouble starting that conversation, she suggests telling parents to tell their kids about Brayden's story and ask their own kids what would they do if they were in that situation.
“See what they say and go from there. Remember, what parents tell their kids becomes their 'inner voice.’ They will think back to what you have told them to do, and then act on it. Brayden did just that. Had he not been told how to handle a situation like that, it could have ended up very differently.”