Grandmother saves boy from bullies while on a Poké-mission

While looking for pokéballs at her local park, Jeanette Warner intervened to save a boy suffering heat stroke.
While looking for pokéballs at her local park, Jeanette Warner intervened to save a boy suffering heat stroke. Photo: Getty Images

Love it or loathe it, everyone's talking about the latest craze - Pokémon Go. It's been credited with getting kids up and outside as well as – anecdotally at least - helping people who are suffering from depression and anxiety

And on Sunday, a grandmother out playing Pokémon Go saved a little boy who was being bullied by two teenagers.

Jeanette Warner was on a Poké-mission in Buckeye, Arizona when she spotted the distressed child in a popular park.

"They [the teenagers] were making him run sprints, not letting him get a drink, just being real turkeys," Warner told KHPO.

Initially not thinking much of it and believing the boys may have been siblings, Warner continued her search for pokéballs. Feeling uneasy however, she returned to the park.

"At that point, he [the young boy] was on his hands and knees with one of the boys standing over him," she said. "He was really stumbling and fell face first into the rocks."

Warner told ABC 15 that by now the youngster was pale and showing signs of heatstroke. The bullies took off and Warner called emergency services.

The little boy was subsequently taken to the local hospital and flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"Everything happens for a reason," Warner said. "If it wasn't for my son loading Pokémon on my phone, and me coming back to the park to reload the balls for my granddaughter, I never would've been in the right place at the right time to see this little guy needed help."

The incident has been reported to the Department of Child Safety.

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