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Five Year Old Becomes Grandma's Hero

Five Year Old Becomes Grandma's Hero



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Debbie Dujanovic ReportingTonight a Utah Grandmother has an amazing story to tell from her hospital bed. For hours she drove aimlessly with her young grandchildren in the car. She didn't know who she was, where she was, or how to find her way home.

Tonight doctors aren't sure what caused 70-year old Beverly Hansen to lose her memory. She has regained most of it, but not the part where she drove for hours with her grandkids in the backseat.

Beverly Hansen can't wait to hold her granddaughters, three-year old Katherine and five-year old Sarah. The Trio left for Ballet lessons Tuesday afternoon, headed for a studio in Kaysville.

Beverly Hansen: "I remember turning around to back out of their driveway and that's the last thing I remember."

As they let the house, Grandma's memory went blank. Somehow she got Sarah to dance, then took off with Katherine. She'd promised a trip to McDonald's.

Beverly Hansen: “She kept saying, ‘Grandma, when are you going to take me to McDonald’s? You promised us McDonald’s.”

They never stopped. Instead, Beverly drove, confused for two hours with Katherine in the car.

Beverly Hansen:"I don't know where I was or what I did."

Somehow she found her way back to pick up Sarah and the three took off again. After another hour it was Sarah to the rescue.

Sarah Hansen, Grandma's Hero: "I told her which way to go. I saw a building and I recognized it and it gave me the right way to my house."

Beverly Hansen: "She told her parents she would tell me which way to turn and I would go the wrong direction."

For a mile Sarah gave Grandma directions; the three finally got home safely. Sarah gets a new pink watch and two thumbs up from her mom.

Laura Hansen, Sarah's Mother: "She wanted to know if she was a super hero, like Superman or Spiderman. I said she's a real hero, because real hero's do the right thing at the right time."

Sarah's mom is surprised her little girl knew how to find her way home; she's never practiced the route with her. It's clear somewhere along the way they stopped at a carwash because they returned home in a spotless vehicle. It’s another detail Grandma Beverly doesn't remember.

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