(NEW YORK) -- Patrick Dempsey, who plays neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy,” not only saves lives on television but also in real life.
Dempsey pulled a teenage boy to safety after his car flipped over near the star’s home in Malibu, Calif. last week.
“I was scared for my life, I was upside down,” said Weston Masset.
Masset was barely conscious and trapped inside the twisted wreck of his car.
But Dempsey saw the car flip and used a crow bar to pry the doors open. He pulled the teenager to safety and called paramedics, who airlifted Masset to the hospital.
Miraculously, Masset suffered only a concussion and an eye injury.
His first words on seeing Dempsey pulling him out of the wreck were, “‘Are you famous?” and Dempsey said, “Yeah I’m a doctor,” Masset said.
Dempsey called the boy’s mother to inform her of the situation.
“He had a certain authority in his voice,” said Masset’s mother Mary Beth Masset. “I asked if he was a paramedic and he said no, ‘this is Patrick Dempsey.’”
“I’m just super grateful. I can’t wait to thank him personally,” said Mary Beth Masset.
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