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SC man saved by nine-year-old boy

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A South Carolina man is grateful to be alive after an accident over the weekend nearly killed him. 

Allen Clemmons was working on his Mustang convertible in his backyard on Saturday when it fell on him. Unable to move, he called out for help, but those calls went unanswered.

Despite being cooped up in a hospital bed, Allen Clemmons says he's blessed even to be alive.

On Saturday, he was home working on his car when it slipped off the blocks and jack holding it up, crushing him. 

"After it fell on me, I kept hollering, and I couldn't get anybody there," Clemmons says. 

He lay trapped under the car for an hour and a half, before giving it one more shot. Clemmons said," I asked God to help me, give me one more holler and send an angel by my way. "The last holler before I give up." 

That's when he says his guardian angel appeared. Nine-year-old Malachi had been playing in the yard behind Allen and heard his cry for help. 

Malachi Coffey says,"He was saying help, and I think he was saying he was stuck under something, but I didn't know what he was talking about." That's when Allen says Malachi jumped into action, using a nearby jack to get the car off of him. 

Clemmons says," he pushed it back under the car, tightened it up, and I don't know how he did it but that little fella..the rod was about 2 feet long, and he jacked that car completely up off me." 

Malachi says he then ran home to get help. When the tow truck came, they got another jack and pulled him out. He was then airlifted to a hospital where he's recovering from six broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. Allen says he's thankful his little neighbor heard his calls."I don't think I would have made it another 30 minutes," Clemmons said. 

Malachi has a special message for Allen. "Mr. Allen, I hope you feel better!" Once strangers, these two neighbors say they now share an incredible bond. 

Malachi says his uncle taught him how to use a jack a while ago and he's glad the skill came in hand. Allen Clemmons says with therapy; he's expected to make a full recovery.

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