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Ten-year-old Boy's Hunch Saves 80-year-old Woman

Ten-year-old Danny DiPietro was on his way home from

lacrosse practice with his dad on Saturday night when he thought he spotted a

dog lying in the open garage of a condo complex near his home in Howell, Mich.


 It was really cold out and something didnt seem right,

Danny told reporters.


DiPietros parents assured him that no one would leave

their dog out on such a frigid evening, but he couldnt shake the feeling that

something was wrong. After a bit of prodding, his mom, Dawn, agreed to

investigate the garage for him.


He wouldnt give up, Dawn, 44, said. Thankfully, he was



As Dawn walked up the driveway, she realized what Danny had

seen was actually an elderly woman lying on the ground, waving her gloveless

hands in the air for help.


The woman, 80-year-old Kathleen St. Onge, had been stuck in

below-freezing temperatures for an hour and a half after slipping on a patch of

ice in her garage. To make matters worse, she had lost her gloves and shoes in

an attempt to scoot herself to the front of the garage, where she thought she

would be spotted more easily. And a bitter wind was carrying snow inside.


She said she had prayed to the Blessed Mother that someone

would help her and find her, St. Onges daughter Sandy St. Onge-Mitter said

She knew she only had about an hour left. She thought she would be gone.


Dawn immediately ran home and called 911. The DiPietros and

a neighbor came back with blankets and chatted with St. Onge while she warmed

up. When police arrived, she was rushed to a nearby hospital.


I was amazed, Danny said. I just felt really good that

she was okay.


St. Onge was released on Wednesday afternoon after being

treated for hypothermia and dehydration. Doctors told her family that she would

not have survived an hour longer in the extreme cold.


Shes grateful, St. Onge-Mitter said. She knows that if

it wasnt for Danny's persistency, she probably wouldnt be here today. So he

is a hero.


St. Onge has yet to meet Danny in person, but her daughter

says she cant wait. The DiPietros had an opportunity to meet St. Onge-Mitter

on Tuesday during an interview for local television.


It was very emotional, St. Onge-Mitter said. Dannys a

remarkable boy, but his family should also be getting a lot of credit. They

acted on his hunch. It was a family affair.


The two families plan on staying in touch. Weve made a life-long friend, St. Onge-Mitter said.