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10-yr.-old takes the wheel, saves his and grandmother's lives

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A 10-yr.-old boy riding in the car with his grandmother, was forced to take the wheel after she passed out.

Gryffin Sanders says his grandma passed out in the middle of a sentence and he couldn't wake her up.

So, with an oncoming car fast approaching he grabbed the wheel and turned the car into a mud-filled ditch at about 60-miles-per-hour.

"I wanted us to get us somewhere we could get out of traffic, I guess," said Sanders.

"It was all him and he made a very wide decision at a very critical moment and I couldn't be a prouder father," said Sean Sanders, Gryffin's dad.

"My mom actually told me after, ‘I'm so glad you turned into a ditch and didn't freak out like I would've.'"

Oddly enough, the first responder on the scene was Gryffin's cousin who awarded the 10-yr.-old with a medal for his bravery.

The grandmother was airlifted to a nearby hospital where doctors are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.  They believe it may have been a mild heart attack.

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