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June 27, 2003

Blakely-- The Blakely boy who risked his life to save a neighbor underwent an emergency procedure in Atlanta that saved his own life.

13-year-old Keion Bryant was honored by the state earlier this month for his heroic act. On May 27th, the young boy rushed into a burning home, pulling 78-year-old Vera Jackson from the flames. Bryant wears a pace maker, and suffers from other lung illnesses.

Yesterday, while on a routine check at Egelston Hospital in Atlanta, the young hero underwent an emergency cardio-version because his heart was beating irregularly. We just got word that Bryant will be released from the hospital this evening, and is doing well.

The woman he saved, Vera Jackson, is not doing so well. She is listed in serious condition at the Augusta Burn Center, and family members say she is undergoing another skin graft. 40 percent of her body was burned in the fire.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com