Beloit boy, 4, saves dad’s life during drive to park

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Published: Jan. 30, 2022 at 11:09 PM CST
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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) - “It’s just miraculous what happened and how it paid off.”

You never know when a miracle will happen.

For Matt Lundblade and his son, Noah, it happened at a moment as mundane as a trip to the park.

“It was a nice November day,” Matt said. “And Noah wanted to head to the park.”

But as their car approached the park entrance, Matt started feeling funny. And then things got real serious.

“I stopped at the entrance and hit the gas when I had the seizure,” Matt said. “I hit the telephone pole, it snapped in half and came down right beside our vehicle.”

The car went down a 20-foot ravine, and that’s when Noah, 4, sprung into action.

“Noah grabbed his dinosaur and climbed out of the front passenger side door,” Matt said. “Because he saw a lady walking with her granddaughter, he climbed over power lines that were right next to the vehicle and ran down and got help for us.”

First responders got there just in time to save Matt’s life.

“The paramedics and the doctors said that if it wasn’t for him having such courage and doing what he did, I wouldn’t be here today,” Matt said.

And apparently, being a miracle worker runs in the family.

“This is very coincidental, but the same thing happened to me when I was Noah’s age,” Matt said.

Matt called 9-1-1 after his mother, who was the same age Matt is now, had a seizure.

“Back then, ‘Rescue 911′ was on and I was waiting for a trophy,” he said. “My mom said you don’t get a trophy from calling 9-1-1, but you did save my life.”

Now this Beloit family, that knows all about saving lives, is in for the fight of their lives.

“When I got to the hospital, they said there was bruising on my brain,” Matt said.

He was transported to a Madison hospital for surgery on what was determined to be a brain tumor.

“It came back as Stage 4 cancer,” Matt said.

Gliobastoma is the most aggressive type of brain cancer. But Matt says he’s ready to be courageous in his fight and has his 4-year-old son as inspiration.

“There’s a lyric in a Bon Jovi song ‘Living on a Prayer’ that says you live for the fight when that’s all that you got. That’s kind of been my motto.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe page, linked here https://www.gofundme.com/f/lundblade-family. There’s also a benefit for Matt Lundblade on from 1 to 7 p.m. March 26 at Town Club, 1900 St. Lawrence Ave., Beloit.

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