SAN ANTONIO -- A local man believes he's lucky to be alive thanks to his 5-year-old adoptive son. He recently taught him how to use his cell phone in case of an emergency, which happened over the weekend.
Malachi Perry, 5, is like most kids his age, except he has a little more responsibility. That’s because he’s been taught how to use his “Papa’s” phone.
“Papa” is Malachi’s 66-year-old great uncle, Titus Perry, who legally adopted Malachi a few years ago.
“He’s my baby, I love him to death and I’d do anything in the world for him,” Titus said.
Titus is diabetic and, since it’s just the two of them, he taught Malachi how to use his phone in case of an emergency. This past weekend Malachi was put to the test when his Papa’s blood pressure dropped dramatically low and he collapsed. That’s when Malachi kept his composure and grabbed his Papa’s phone and started calling a hand full of people.
One family friend recalled the moment she got that call from Malachi.
“He called me and I said, ‘Hello?’ He said ‘Ana papa’s on the floor,’” she said.
Everyone Malachi called rushed over and dialed 911 in the process.
“When I woke up, everyone was in my house. I didn’t know where everyone came from," Titus recalled. "The paramedic was here, the fire department was here, all my friends were here, I didn’t know what was going on."
“Personally, I think it’s remarkable that a 5 year old had the composure to get on the phone and dial everyone and says, ‘Papa needs help,’” said Eddie Houskins, Malachi’s grandfather.
When asked if he was at all scared, Malachi simply said “no.”
“If he wasn’t here and I would’ve fell on that floor, I don’t know how long I would’ve been out," Titus said. "I might not have even come back."
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