Autistic Boy, 9, Hailed a Hero for Taking Wheel After Mom Blacks Out

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A 9-year-old autistic boy from the U.K. is being hailed a hero after he grabbed the steering wheel of his mother's car when she blacked while driving 70 mph, it is reported.

According to The Daily Mail, Jonathan Anderson took over the controls of the car in rush-hour traffic, saving them both from a potentially deadly situation.

Anderson, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, struggled to get the car under control and twice weaved across lanes of traffic, it was reported.

But fortunately, he stayed calm and eventually brought the car to a stop using the emergency brake, The Mail reported.

"I must have passed out, because the next thing I saw was a paramedic fitting a brace around my neck," said the boy's mother Marion Anderson.

"I just couldn't believe it when I was told what had happened and what Jonathan had done."

The schoolboy is to be presented with a bravery certificate, according to the report.

"He's my little superhero," said Anderson.

Click here for more on this story, including photos, from The Mail.

What is Asperger's syndrome?

According to the Mayor Clinic, Asperger's is a developmental disorder that affects a child's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with the syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.

Doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication.

Conservative estimates indicate that two out of every 10,000 children have Asperger's, and boys are three to four times as likely as girls to have the disorder.

Source: The Mayo Clinic