11-year-old boy saves mom

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Daylon Klennert and his mother Kellie from Tumwater have a scary story to tell.

Kellie passed out behind the wheel of their Honda Accord, and 11-year-old Daylon took control.

It was Wednesday at noon, when Kellie suffered a seizure while driving 60 miles per hour on northbound 405 just north of Bellevue.

"I don't remember anything," said Kellie.

Daylon reached over, pulled out the car keys, grabbed the wheel, and maneuvered the car through traffic to the side of the road.

Kellie woke up shaky, disoriented, and a very lucky mother.

"He loves me enough to save my life and he did everything he should have done," she said.

A seizure behind the wheel is rare.

"It's pretty unusual to have someone driving at the time in my experience, but it can happen," said Dr. Eric Shipley, Overlake Medical Center.

Daylon says his mom once showed him how the car works but he had never driven before.

"I feel like a real big hero," he said. "I saved me, my mom, but a lot of other people."

Kellie won't be allowed to drive again until she gets a doctor's note. And Daylon won't be allowed to drive again until he gets a driver's license.

Daylong got a small award from the hospital and a Target gift certificate for his brave actions.

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