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Deaf Child, 10, Saves Sister’s Life

April 27, 2007


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KSDK, MO – Florida police are calling a 10-year-old boy a hero after his quick thinking helped save his sister’s life.

But there’s more to the story. The boy hero is also deaf.

Officers say J.J. Doolittle never panicked, and that made the difference for his little sister.

When J.J. found her hanging from her high chair by her shirt he immediately alerted his mother, who also happens to be deaf.

J.J. rushed to a neighbor’s house and called 911, then ran back home and waited for the police and EMTs to arrive.

When they did, none of them understood sign language, so J.J. wrote out a description of what had happened to his sister.

The rescuers were able to resuscitate the toddler, and after a brief hospital stay she’s back home and doing fine.

At an award ceremony in his honor J.J. thanked the first responders for their patience in their struggle to communicate with him.

They, in turn, said he deserves all of the credit.


  1. April 28, 2007 at 7:48 am

    That is great that jj saved his sister but why did he run over neightbor s house to call 911? he can pick phone and dial 911 and leave it so 911 can track where they live. I worked at mcdonald long time ago and it started fire from vats and I cannot find any phone so I noticed the booth phone to dial 911 and police came and check on me then saw fire inside then call fire depts. all stores were closed and no neightbors were area. so he can pick phone and dial 911 and leave it. probably police would check on him then call emt etc. to save his sister. what do u think ?

  2. April 28, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Justmedeaf, your quick thinking action saved something we would never know so you brought the fire dept in which it was a good thing that you dialed 911, More likely the Deaf family don’t have phone service at home. Lot of us stop disconnected the phone because of internet, sidekick, etc. If using cell phone by dialing 911, it might not be helpful, depend on where you are at. If you are in the mountain, farmland,, open field, etc. there is “no” luck for the rescuers to find you.

  3. jacobina
    April 28, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    iam sorry about i see this talk i make me cry and i want say that good you safe of your sis i have sis but she not get hurt i want know hurt how pls mail me on iluvdolphin952yahoo.com plss mail i want know how get hurt thank you to let me konw about your sis and pls mail me soon

  4. April 29, 2007 at 7:36 am

    hi fookem, that is true that they disconnet phone of interent etc. at home and I understand how hard they live on the mountain. JJ is very hero to save his sister form high chair. I am proud of him as deafhero.

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