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Gage Cheatem, 2, demonstrates how he dialed 911 when his mother passed out Thursday afternoon. (WRAL-TV5)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gage Cheatem knew he neededto call911 to help his mother when she passed out on the kitchen floor.Big Bird on Sesame Street had showed him how.

But the phone high on the wall was beyond the 2-1/2-year-old'sreach.

So, Gage stacked books on a kitchen chair and then pushed thechair beneath the phone last week to make the call.

Gage told a local dispatcher his mom was sick, his name, hisdad's name and his mom's name - ``mommy.''

Jordan Fitzpatrick, Gage's mother, said this week she had beenfeeling sick for several days and collapsed while getting her son acup of milk.

Fitzpatrick, 14 weeks pregnant with her third child, had akidney infection and was going into septic shock. She ended upspending four days in the hospital, and she said Gage's call savedher unborn child from infection.

Gage didn't stop helping after dialing 911. While his mom wasunconscious, Gage fetched a bottle from the refrigerator for hisinfant sister, Hannah, and fed her.

``We're very proud of him,'' Fitzpatrick said.


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