It is so frustrating when you are headed somewhere and you miss your turn. It can be difficult to deal with these kinds of detours, but sometimes they happen for a reason: this was the case for Carolyn Cook, who found there was a divine appointment just waiting around the corner.
Cook had gone to pick up her 6-year-old grandson Karter Thorpe from school, and as they headed home, she missed her turn. Cook decided to take a detour through a Lowe’s parking lot to get back where she needed to be.
As they drove through the parking lot, Thorpe was in the back seat and he saw a lifeless man lying on the ground. He instantly knew something was wrong.
He yelled to his grandma, who he calls “Mimi,” to turn around. Cook knew that Thorpe had an “active imagination” like all kids do, and she just thought he was exaggerating.
Thorpe was very persistent and screamed, “No, you have to stop! He’s hurt, He’s hurt. You have to go back!”
The boy told CBS News that he screamed this several times to his Mimi. “Then she turned around to show me I was wrong,” he said.
As they turned back to where Thorpe saw the man, Cook saw the man lying on the ground, gasping. She stopped quickly and ran to the man.
“He was gasping for air,” Cook explained. She immediately called 911 while a nearby lady came over and began CPR until the ambulance arrived.
The man was rushed to the hospital. Cook hadn’t gotten his name, but a week later she received a message on Facebook from the family, who wants to remain anonymous.
The family explained that the man had experienced a massive heart attack, but thankfully had survived. They said if it hadn’t been for Thorpe and Cook’s quick response, he would have died, and they wanted to thank them for their involvement.
“I still get weepy. I’m just thankful. Thankful that God put me in that parking lot when he did,” Cook said with tears in her eyes. “He would not take no for answer, he was determined and I’m glad he was.”
The family is calling Thorpe their “little angel.” God knew exactly where Thorpe and his “Mimi” needed to be that day and he directed their steps to save a life!