CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

He's a UVA medical school student from Danville who saved a life before he's even graduated.

Ryan Jones says he was practicing looking for an abnormality on Jim Malloy.

Malloy was an actor asked to fake the medical problem.

While doing the exam, Jones realized his fake patient actually had the ailment.

"I said, 'I think I found an aneurism' and he played along because that's his job and so I'm like: Does he actually know he has this?" Jones said.

He didn't, went into surgery a few days later and will survive.

Jones is in his final year of med school and hopes to become a cancer doctor.