Greensboro boy saves grandfather from drowning in swimming pool

Eight-year-old Christian Matos is being called a hero after saving the life of his 61-year-old grandfather.

GREENSBORO, NC — A 61-year-old man is recovering in hospital after nearly drowning in a Greensboro apartment pool on Thursday.

Her 8-year-old grandson is called a hero after saving her life.

Christian Matos said he and his grandfather love spending time together.

“He takes care of me when I’m sad. He gives me Gatorade or soda, even coke, or we go for a walk,” Matos said.

On Thursday, they decided to take a trip to their pool at an apartment complex off Cotswold Avenue.

“While we were at the pool, we started laughing and playing and stuff,” Matos said.

Until the unthinkable happened, Matos said his grandfather went underwater to get his hair wet and came up too quickly.

“He swallowed too much water and I just saw him laying there with his head down and his arms like that and I felt his heart and he wasn’t doing anything,” Matos said.

His grandfather nearly drowned until Matos managed to pull his grandfather out of the pool and perform CPR, a procedure the mother said she had never learned before.

“I never taught him that. It never even occurred to me to teach him that. It’s a shame but it’s true. It’s all up to God. boy do what he does,” Cerise Hammie said.

The grandfather is now recovering in hospital after the family called 911.

“I want to hang out with him again, hug him and stuff, take him for a walk, but no more pool,” Matos said.

The family told News 2 that doctors were able to extract more water from the grandfather’s lungs.

The family plans to call her and they are grateful to be able to hear her voice again.


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