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Boy, 12, Drives Mom to Safety

August 4, 2001

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) _ Zachary Noble was listening to music while riding in the family minivan when the 12-year-old noticed that his mother was shaking at the wheel.

Blood was coming from Kim Nobel’s mouth and before long she was leaning on his shoulder.

Zachary said he figured it might be a seizure. He’d seen it before in his mother, who has Lyme disease.

``I had no clue what to do,″ Zachary said. ``My hands just kind of did it themselves.″

He leaned over from the passenger seat Thursday and grabbed the wheel, steering the vehicle out of traffic and over to the curb, and stuck his left foot over to hit the brakes.

He grabbed a cell phone from his mother’s purse to call 911 and calmed his 9-year-old sister, Michelle, who was crying in the back seat. Then he helped police locate his father, Ted Noble, who was on his way home from work.

``He was pretty calm. He really had his act together,″ Police Chief Clarence Goodlein said.

``I think it’s just amazing he was able to do that,″ Goodlein said. ``We’re going to be putting him in for our awards ceremony.″

Kim Noble said she has had four seizures since she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, the disorder carried by ticks that can affect the central nervous system. But she said she hadn’t had a seizure since 1997, and never had one before while driving.

Zachary ``just knew what to do,″ she said. ``Isn’t that amazing?″

She was treated at a hospital and released.

Zachary took it in stride.

``It would have been easier if it hadn’t happened, because my mom could have been hurt. I guess I was just glad I was able to save her,″ he said.

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