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Fourth grader used science fair project to save grandpa's life

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Sophia Tabors, 10, used the knowledge she learned doing her science fair project to save her grandpa's life Sophia Tabors, 10, used the knowledge she learned doing her science fair project to save her grandpa's life

By: Steve Harris / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A fourth grader used what she learned during a science fair project to save her grandpa’s life.

Sophia Tabors entered her school’s science fair using a project on strokes.  

“My other grandpa had a stroke and during that stroke I’m like, ‘Well it’d be interesting to find out why strokes happen and what causes them,’” Tabors said.

Tabors won a second place ribbon for her entry on stroke research but the real reward came two months later when her other grandpa had a stroke.

“He dropped a bag of apples,” said Tabors. “He was staring at it and I was trying to ask him if he was okay…he was saying something but I didn’t get it and his face was droopy on one side.”

She knew her grandpa was having a stroke before anyone else did.

“I told my mom what was happening and she called 911,” Tabors said.

Dr. Amer Alshekhlee credits the quick-thinking 10-year-old for saving her grandpa’s life.

“I have no doubt she saved a lot of his functions and probably his life, too,” said Dr. Alshekhlee.

Now, Tabors’ grandpa is recovering nicely, thanks to his granddaughter. 

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