Teen recovering from cold exposure after being found on roadside

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A 14-year-old boy is recovering from severe cold exposure after he was found on the service road in front of Burke High School.

Braden Champion and his wife, Maria, spotted the teen lying alongside the road. The boy's foot was over the curb, and he was incapacitated.

The couple, parents of a Burke freshman, were on their way to parent-teacher conferences — the school was otherwise closed Thursday — but said they nearly didn't attend.

"We stopped. I looked over and said, 'No, I think that's a person on the ground,' " Braden Champion said.

The boy was confused for about 10 minutes but was finally able to explain that he had been wandering alone outside for hours, but he couldn't remember how he got there or why he was out alone.

Another man at the scene called 9-1-1, and the boy was taken to Children's Hospital.

"He couldn't tell us if he fell or if he got hit or anything had happened. He was just kind of dazed and out and was just glad and happy that we actually stopped, that an individual stopped to help him out," Braden Champion said.

He said the teen was lying so close to the road that he was surprised the boy wasn't hit — and that no one else stopped.

"I’m surprised no one actually saw him or, yeah, actually hit him,” he said.

The below-zero wind chills discombobulated the teen, who was wearing a hoodie and a light jacket. But what scared Champion the most was that the boy lying there freezing was the same age as his daughter.

"If that would've happened to my kid, I would definitely hope that someone would stop and make sure they're OK," he said. "I just happened to be there at that time and helped him out."