AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Thirteen-year-old George Hamilton of Amherst saved his mother's life. That's why the Pioneer Valley Red Cross will honor the Hampshire County teenager as a Hometown Hero.
"I had a sudden cardiac arrest, my heart stopped working. I stopped breathing," said Claire Hamilton.
It looked like she was shaking, that she couldn't breath. so I kind of thought she wasn't getting oxygen. It must be something wrong with her heart. So I tried to do CPR, It really didn't seem like it was working, so I called 911," said Hometown Hero George Hamilton.
Looking back now, Claire Hamilton fondly reflects on the love and instinctive ability her 13-year-old displayed that night.
"I was amazed at what he was able to do. That he was able to just keep calm. It's pretty remarkable that I was able to come out of it alive and still functioning as a university professor with my mind," said Claire Hamilton.
As George looks back on that fateful night, he shares with us the thoughts that went racing through his mind.
"The idea that I had to help my mom. If I wasn't calm and I wasn't composed, I wouldn't be able to help her, that she would die, or have brain damage," said George.
"I think it's amazing when kids can do things like that. So the fact that he kept his composure, was able to do some effective CPR, It's just incredible," said Claire.
For saving his mother's life, the Pioneer Valley Red Cross will honor 13-year-old George Hamilton the morning of March 28th as a Hometown Hero.