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Ronald Williams, an 85-year-old Army veteran, lived alone in Sturgis, Michigan. Then, his daughter suggested he adopt a kitten, one of a set of twins born to a friend’s cat. So he adopted Fluffy, a playful black and white cutie. Little did he know, the kitten would soon save his life. (see video below)

“I looked at him and hey, I just fell in love with him,” said Williams.

Every day, the veteran would play with Fluffy, talking as they played. When the phone rang, he had a habit of saying the same phrase to Fluffy.

“The phone would ring, and I would say ‘ring-a-ding,'” said Ron. “And I didn’t know he’d pick up on it.”

Later, it turned out Fluffy was paying close attention to his words and seemed to have known the meaning.

Ronald Williams with Fluffy

Screenshots via YouTube/FOX 17 WXMI

An Agonizing 16 Hours Trapped

Williams kept a medical alert in case of emergencies. However, one morning, as he got out of the shower, he slipped and hit his head. Then he couldn’t move to call for help. The bathroom door was closed, and his medical alert was on the charger in another room. 

Meanwhile, the veteran’s cellphone was on the bathroom counter, but he couldn’t get to it.

“My arm was pinned under me, and the hours kept going by,” said Williams. “16 hours,” he told FOX17.

Fortunately, curious Fluffy enjoyed being in the bathroom, as many cats do. That day, the kitten’s habit of going in the bathroom would be a life-saver.

Williams with cellphone

‘Ring-a-Ding Fluffy’ You’re My Only Hope’

According to the Sturgis Journal, after 16 hours, Williams began to lose hope and started praying for help. He had served in Korea, and now the end would come like this?

Then, he felt Fluffy licking his hand. At that moment, he realized the kitten might be his last chance.

Could the kitten retrieve the cellphone from the counter and put it where he could get to it? 

“So I said ‘ring-a-ding Fluffy. You’re my only hope,'” Williams said. “And he was. It wasn’t even five minutes later I felt something hit my hand. And I’m here because of it… I relive it a million times. What if he wouldn’t have been in there with me? I’d be dead today.”

Amazingly, no more than five minutes later, Williams felt the cellphone hit his hand. After a call to 911 and a trip to the hospital, the veteran only had some bruises, bumps, and soreness.

Williams and Fluffy

Elena Meadows/ Journal, Ron Williams

A Heroic/Angelic Furball

To him, Fluffy’s actions were nothing short of miraculous.

“No one is going to tell me God didn’t do this,” he said. “I’m alive today because of that little bundle of fur, that beautiful black and white cat. I’m so glad I got him.”

Fluffy and Williams play

Following the incident, Fluffy was William’s hero.

“Someone calls him Flash,” he said. “Someone calls him Lightning. I call him my hero.”

Now, the veteran and the kitten would remain inseparable.

“He’s my hero, and he always will be,” said Ron. “He’ll never be away from me until the day I die.”

Fluffy the Hero

Images: Screenshots via YouTube/FOX 17 WXMI

See the video from FOX 17 WXMI below:

 

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