A grown South Carolina man found himself trapped underneath his car while attempting to remove the transmission, but it was a 9-year-old child who came to the rescue and most likely saved his life.
Allen Clemmons was working on his Ford Mustang last week when the vehicle slipped off its supports and trapped him underneath. His panicked pleas for help summoned perhaps the most unlikely hero: his 9-year-old neighbor Malachi.
"I was having a really hard time breathing with it on top of me, even though I was kind of on my side," said Clemmons, who was stuck underneath the car for at least 90 minutes.
According to WIS-TV, Clemmons' family was out of the house running errands.
"I asked God to help me, to give me one more holler and send an angel by my way," Clemmons explained. "The last holler before I give up."
Clemmons' "last holler" summoned Malachi, who was playing outside in a nearby yard.
"I was playing outside, and I heard someone yelling," Malachi said, according to WIS. "He was saying something like he was stuck, but I didn’t know what he meant."
Malachi crept closer and discovered that Clemmons was trapped underneath the vehicle, so he hopped into action and grabbed a jack.
With Clemmons' direction, Malachi was able to place the jack under the car and wrench it off of the man.
"My uncle taught me how to use a jack, so I knew how," Malachi explained.
After much of the weight was taken off Clemmons' body, Malachi ran to his aunt's house, where he and his aunt called for help.
How is the trapped man?
A tow truck arrived to finish the job Malachi started, and after being freed, Clemmons was flown to a Columbia hospital to treat his injuries.
"I have six broken ribs and a fractured pelvis," Clemmons said, adding that his shoulder is also "banged up."
"I don’t think I would have survived another 30 minutes," he added. "It was getting really hard to breathe. He is truly my guardian angel."
Clemmons told WIS that he couldn't believe how Malachi performed.
"He pushed [the jack] up under the car, tightened it back up and I don't know how he did it but that little fella, the rod was about two feet long on that jack and he jacked that car completely up off me," Clemmons marveled.