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11-year-old boy helps classmate, friend through seizure

“It was an emergency. If I wouldn’t have stayed calm, bad stuff could have happened,” Connor Keller said. “It was an emergency. If I wouldn’t have stayed calm, bad stuff could have happened,” Connor Keller said.
PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Perry County, Missouri fifth-grader showed bravery beyond his years when he responded to a classmate who was having a seizure.

“It was an emergency. If I wouldn't have stayed calm, bad stuff could have happened,” Connor Keller said.

Connor is Deven Lukefahr are buddies, but no doubt this incident has brought them even closer.

“We knew each other since we were babies and we grew up with each other,” Connor said.

“He just is there for me,” Deven said.

In fact, these two are there for each other and when Deven started having a seizure during class, that friendship showed more than ever.

“He was fine then I looked back over and he dropped his pencil and started shaking,” Connor said.

It was the second time it had happened. After Deven's first seizure, Connor went home and asked his mom what to do.

“I got Mrs. Figge's attention so she could help Deven out and went to go get the other teachers so they could help him out and led the class out of the classroom,” Deven said.

Also, Connor helped Deven not get hurt.

“I caught his head before his head hit the floor,” Connor said.

“I could have gotten hurt really bad,” Deven said.

But, thankfully, he's okay. The boys' teacher, Amy Figge, said their friendship is a model for all students.

“It shows how good of a friend Connor is because it shows his alertness,” Figge said.

She said she talks to her class about how to treat your friends as family.

“Sometimes they act like brothers and sisters but at the same time they need to take care of each other,” Figge said.

That is definitely something these two students understand. They say helping and hoping for the best for each other is what it's all about.

“I want to go six months without having any seizures,” Deven said.

Connor said he definitely agrees with that.

Devon has not been having seizures his whole life. In fact, he actually had his first one last Mother's Day in the spring of 2014.

Connor said if it happens again, he'll be ready to help again.

Connor and Deven are actually related. Figge didn't realize until after she paired the two as classroom buddies that, despite the fact that they're close in age, Connor is Deven's uncle.

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