Ashland Teen Saves Brother Suffering Severe Allergic Reaction

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

ASHLAND (CBS) – A 14-year-old Ashland girl is being called a hero after helping save her brother’s life.

Ariana Polchlopeck was babysitting her 8-year-old brother Calvin when all of the sudden he became violently ill. Ariana knew Calvin was severely allergic to nuts, and recognized the symptoms as an anaphylactic reaction.

She couldn’t get through to her mother on her cell phone, so she called 911.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

Ariana says, “I felt scared that my brother’s throat was going to close up and I wasn’t going to be able to save him fast enough.”

On the 911 call, Ariana reassured her brother, and took instructions from the dispatcher. She stuck the EpiPen into her brother’s leg, and helped him remain calm.

Lt. David Iarussi says she was a pro.

“She handles herself perfectly, she dialed 911 immediately, and took the instructions and put it into action, and saved her brother’s life.”

Ariana says, “If anything ever happened to him on my watch, I don’t know what I could do with myself. I love him to pieces.”

Calvin calls his sister a hero. “She is so awesome. I’m just so glad she called 911. I just love her so much.”


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