Mass. Teen Checks on 103-Year-Old Neighbor During Blizzard
QUINCY, Mass. (CNN) — While a storm blanketed the northeast over the weekend, a Massachusetts teen grew concerned for a 103-year-old neighbor.
That 16-year-old checked on the elderly woman just in time.
[Are you ok by the way?]
“I’m okay. Everything’s okay. It was too cold,” says Sylvia Carlson, who is now resting at home.
However, during this weekend’s blizzard, her health was in danger.
“It was cold in our house and we were cold, so we thought she must be cold because she’s 103,” notes neighbor Dylan Hughes.
By the time, 16-year-old Dylan got to his elderly neighbor’s home, his concern grew to full panic.
Hughes adds, “She was shivering a lot hand on door and the door was rattling with her shaking.”
Quincy was buried under two feet of snow, leaving thousands without power or heat.
Dylan’s dad, Joseph, called 911.
“She’s shivering. I’m afraid she has hypothermia,” Joseph Pereira told an emergency dispatcher.
Even when the ambulance arrived, they couldn’t get to their elderly neighbor.
“The hill was very slippery so ambulance had to park down hill at stop sign,” Pereira adds.
And for an hour, Dylan and his dad frantically shoveled a path for the EMTs to bring Sylvia down.
Pereira recalls, “She wanted take hearing aid. The EMT’s said ‘We don’t have time for that, we have to get to hospital right away.’”
Dylan says he didn’t do anything special – just checked a neighbor he’s known his whole life.
“We’re very close friends. She almost like a grandmother to me. I’m glad she’s okay but I don’t think I had much part in it,” says Dylan.
But you can tell. Sylvia’s sure glad he thought about her.
“Thanks a lot, Dylan,” Carlson adds.