Four-year-old uses tablet to help save mother's life

By David Hermanovitch

January 24, 2016 Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Norwich family is feeling especially grateful for their touch-screen tablet after they say their four-year-son used it to save his mother’s life.

The boy, Chadwick DePew, normally plays games on his tablet, but last week he used it to communicate with his father while his mother, Alice DePew, was having complications with her diabetes.

The disease causes serious threats to her health when her blood sugar gets too high or low. In this instance, her blood was extremely low when she was on the phone with her mother, who lives in North Carolina.

"I was talking to my mom on the cell phone and she heard me starting to slur my speech and I started feeling a little sleepy," Alice said.

Eventually, Alice passed out. Alice's mother contacted Chadwick’s father, Stanley DePew, who was at work.

Stanley tried calling the house phone, but got no answer. He then tried calling the tablet from his phone, and Chadwick answered.

“When I saw that green button I pushed it,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick's dad told him he needed to unlock the house door when 911 arrived -- which Chadwick did.

“I had no idea he knew how to unlock the tablet to even get on FaceTime,” Stanley said. “That was the first time ever."

While some people complain that today’s youth are too attached to smartphones and tablets, Stanley says his son’s proficiency with technology came through at the perfect time.

"I think that him using the tablet is the reason why [his mom's] still with us today,” Stanley said.

Chadwick's ability to use technology makes Stanley feel more comfortable about the kids being home with Alice while he is at work.

"This is a scary situation in general and it just puts me a little bit more at ease, to know that if something were to happen, at least I can rely on my son,” Stanley said.

DePew says this is not the first time his wife has experienced an incident due to low blood sugar, but it is the first time it happened when she was alone with the children.

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