Littleton girl, 4, saves mom

6:59 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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While the family doesn't want their last name to be public, they do want to share the important lesson learned in their story: parents should help their kids learn what to do in an emergency.

Four-year-old Alessa's mother, Renee, has type 1 diabetes. She began feeling poorly on Wednesday night, after misjudging the amount of insulin she should have taken.

As she began to lose consciousness and convulse, she remembers saying to her daughter "I'm getting low."

Alessa knows what that means: time to help mommy.

Just like she was taught, the preschooler unlocked her mother's iPhone and called her grandmother.

"She said 'Mommy's low,'" recalled Alessa's grandmother Cheryl. "I said 'Well what's mom doing?' And she said 'There's stuff all over her mouth and she's wiggling.' And then I knew that she was going into convulsions. So then I yelled to my husband to call 911."

While her grandfather was calling 911, Alyssa remembered another thing that she and her mom had practiced.

"I can hear a commotion in the background and then I heard Alessa say 'mommy, open your mouth! Mommy open your mouth," Cheryl recalled.

Alessa had gone to the refrigerator, taken out a tube of icing, and squeezed the sugary substance into her mother's clinched mouth to stabilize her blood sugar levels.

The little girl even got dressed and greeted paramedics at the door. She showed them to her mom, who was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital. 

"I'm very proud," said Cheryl. "She's a very independent child, and that's what she does."

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