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Twelve-year-old saves grandfather, who suffered stroke while driving on highway

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 1/18/2019 By Andrew Stanton
a person sitting on a table: Twelve year old Benjamin Bubis,  with his mother Yelena Bubis, recalls  riding with his grandfather, Boris Hutorin who had a stroke as he was driving. Benjamin was able to maneuver the car to the side of the road, call 911, and get his grandfather the help he needed. © John Wilcox/for the Boston Globe Twelve year old Benjamin Bubis, with his mother Yelena Bubis, recalls riding with his grandfather, Boris Hutorin who had a stroke as he was driving. Benjamin was able to maneuver the car to the side of the road, call 911, and get his grandfather the help he needed.

CANTON — Twelve-year-old Benjamin Bubis was on his way to soccer practice Tuesday afternoon, traveling along Interstate 495 with his grandfather, when he suddenly realized something was wrong.

He was talking to his grandfather. But 71-year-old Boris Hutorin didn’t respond.

“I started to yell at him, yell again and again,” Benjamin recalled, as he sat in the kitchen of his home here Thursday evening. “And he still didn’t respond.”

Then, the car slowed down.

“I saw that the car was starting to slow down a little, and he kinda got out of control a little bit on the road,” Bubis said calmly.

That’s when Bubis sprang into action. 

He called his mother, Yelena Bubis, who told him to call 911. While dialing 911, Benjamin grabbed the wheel and steered the car safely to the side of the busy highway.

Emergency vehicles from the Southborough Fire Department arrived five minutes later.

Benjamin said the experience left him shocked and afraid.

“I thought it was a dream,” he said.

Hutorin had suffered a stroke. He was taken to the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Doctors administered the stroke-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator, according to a statement from the hospital.

Dr. Ajit S. Puri performed a thrombectomy procedure on Hutorin, who lives in Norwood. Puri was able to use a stent-like device to remove the clot.

Puri credited Benjamin, a seventh-grader at Galvin Middle School, for his quick response.

“This is an amazing story on so many levels,” Dr. Puri said in the statement. “Mr. Hutorin has a lot to be thankful for including the heroics of his grandson and the skill and expertise of the first responders who understood his medical predicament. With a stroke, every second counts. Thankfully we got to him in time.”

Hurotin is progressing well, Yelena Bubis said. She said doctors are thinking about releasing him Friday.

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