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CUMMING, Georgia (WXIA) — “He’s amazing, he’s one of a kind,” said Lisa Polk of her 11-year-old son, Charlie.
She even credits him with saving her life two weeks ago.
Polk was driving him to another son’s soccer game on March 27 when their Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly veered off a narrow, winding Road, ran down a steep embankment and overturned into a creek.
“I don’t remember going off the road, I don’t remember being in the helicopter, nothing,” Polk said Monday.
As she hung upside down and unconscious in the Jeep, her son, Charlie, tried to kick out the front windshield.
When that didn’t work, he made his way out of a shattered back seat window, cutting his legs in the process.
Then he crawled up a steep 30-foot embankment to get help.
“I tried to look for a hole and I crawled out and when I looked down, I saw my legs had a bunch of blood all over ‘em,” Charlie said.
A neighbor who heard Charlie’s calls for help came and held Lisa’s head above the rising creek waters until rescuers showed up.
“I would have drowned, definitely; I was completely under water,” she said.
Lisa was flown by medical helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and Charlie was taken by ambulance for his leg cuts.
Still suffering from several broken bones, Polk didn’t know Charlie had saved her until a few days later.
“He’s awesome, for him to do that and just be 11 year old,” she said.
“He always watches over me; he’s done it his whole life,” she added.
After spring break, Monday was Charlie’s first day back at school where he was praised as a hero.
“People are saying I’m like a celebrity at my school,” the shy boy said.
When I asked him how that felt, he said, “Feels better, at least nobody’s picking on me.”
When I asked him if he had any heroes, he answered, “My dad and mom.”