St. Louis, MO -- A fourth grader used what she learned during a science fair project to save her grandpa's life.
Sophia Tabors entered her school's science fair using a project on strokes.
"My other grandpa had a stroke and during that stroke I'm like, 'Well it'd be interesting to find out why strokes happen and what causes them,'" Tabors said.
It was an unusual topic, compared to the usual volcanoes and bug-related science fair projects submitted each year. One teacher even told Sophia her idea didn't make a good science fair entry.
But Tabors went through with it and won a second place ribbon for her entry on stroke research. The real reward came two months later when her other grandpa had a stroke.
"He dropped a bag of apples," said Tabors. "He was staring at it and I was trying to ask him if he was okay…he was saying something but I didn't get it and his face was droopy on one side."
She knew her grandpa was having a stroke before anyone else did.
"I told my mom what was happening and she called 911," Tabors said.
Dr. Amer Alshekhlee credits the quick-thinking 10-year-old for saving her grandpa's life.
"I have no doubt she saved a lot of his functions and probably his life, too," said Alshekhlee.
Now, Tabors' grandpa is recovering nicely, thanks to his granddaughter.