One of my worst fears as a mother is something happening to me when I’m alone with my kids. I think that would be doubly true if I had an ongoing health issue like diabetes. This is exactly what happened to great-grandmother Jennifer LaFever a 75-year-old diabetic woman from Murrietta, California, who was watching her 5-year-old great-grandchild Karli LaFever
Monday night Karli’s mother Brianna, received a phone call from her daughter, telling her that Jennifer was sick and acting strange. Jennifer’s blood sugar levels were dangerously low. According to Brianna, in an interview with Patch.com:
“She said her Nana was crying and that when she asked her what was wrong, she said she was sick…My daughter said, ‘I have to call my mom so she can call her doctor.”
When Karli made her fateful phone call, Jennifer was apparently aware enough to try to refuse any help, but by the time Brianna got home a few minutes later, Jennifer was completely incoherent and couldn’t speak at all by the time 911 was called and EMTs got to the house.
EMTs treated Jennifer at the scene to stabilize her and then took her to a nearby hospital. She was in serious condition at first, but thankfully was able to return home just in time to ring in 2014 with her family. Let’s all let out a collective “AWWWWW.” According to the eternally grateful Jennifer:
“I don’t remember any of it, really. I’ve had low blood sugar but nothing like that. But it all worked out because Karli acted so quickly.”
Brianna’s mom says this was nothing short of a miracle:
“I’m just glad, I’m proud of her. If my daughter wasn’t there and she didn’t call me she wouldn’t have made it.”
I think this is a great lesson on how important it is to make sure that kids understand what an emergency looks like and how to call for help. I do wonder if Karli knows 911 directly, but I’m guessing she does and was nervous to call it because of her grandmother’s protests before she stopped being able to speak.
For her bravery and smart thinking, Karli is being honored with the Life Saver Award from the Murieta fire department, and a spokesperson or the department says that without Karli, there is a good chance her grandmother could have died.
Karli, however, seem to think nothing of it.