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01/29/2014 04:02 pm ET | Updated Jan 29, 2014

Boy, 10, Saves Elderly Neighbor On A Hunch

That's some hunch!

A 10-year-old Michigan boy is being hailed as a hero after spotting something peculiar while his father drove him home Saturday evening. Though he initially thought it was dog, it turned out to be an 80-year-old neighbor who had fallen on some ice in her garage, Howell radio station WHMI-FM reports.

"It was late at night and super cold out and their garage was open and something just didn't feel right," young Danny DiPietro told local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV.

DiPietro later pestered his mother, Dawn, to check it out. She was hesitant at first, but relented and took the family dog for a walk near the condominiums to allay her son's concern.

That's when she spotted a barefoot woman on the floor of the garage, waving her hands for help. DiPietro raced back to her home to call 911 and sent her husband to cover the woman with blankets while they waited for emergency services to arrive. The woman eventually was rushed to a local hospital and treated for hypothermia.

Michigan has been plagued by bitter cold over the last week, with temperatures dropping to record-breaking lows Tuesday.

The 80-year-old woman, who lives alone, was identified by WXYZ as Kathleen St. Onge. She had slipped on an icy spot and, unable to get up, was stranded in the cold on the floor of her open garage for about two-and-a-half hours. But thanks to the 10-year-old's keen observation skills and persistence, it wasn't long before help was on the way.

"He saved her life, that’s for sure," the woman's daughter, Sandy Mitter, told Gannett Co. newspapers. "And I don’t even have the words to say how grateful we are."

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