Cuyahoga Falls: Stroke victim reaches 'angel' by mistake

7:23 PM, Feb 3, 2012   |    comments
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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Loretta Smith couldn't move the right side of her body, so with her left hand she frantically tried to call her son, only he wasn't the one who answered.

The 70-year-old retiree suffered a stroke on Saturday. Reaching a phone that she knocked to the floor, Smith misdialed by one number -- striking "4" when she meant to hit "8". Instead of calling her son, Smith's call went to the cell phone of a local man now living in Colorado.

Kenny Crater, 28, used to live in Barberton, and he kept his local phone number when he relocated to Broomfield, CO.

Crater wrote down Smith's information and called back to Ohio to let 9-1-1 dispatchers know that she needed immediate help. Paramedics arrived within minutes and transported Smith to the hospital.

By phone, Crater said he doesn't consider himself a hero, and that he only did what anyone would do if a stranger called for help.

The two have since spoken on the phone where Smith thanked Crater for being her "angel". 

"He IS a hero," Smith said jokingly. "I don't care what he says."


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