Children are typically taught to dial 911 in case of an emergency when they get to kindergarten but one story out of the Lonestar State is proving the lesson can be learned by children much younger. Dorothy Craig is three years old and used the emergency call service when she found her mother “asleep.”
In the 911 recording, it’s difficult for the dispatcher Lela Holley to make out exactly what the little one is trying to tell them, but after patiently coaxing answers out of Dorothy, they were able to ascertain that her mother, Miranda Craig, was in the house with her and “on the ground.”
Miranda suffers from narcolepsy and forgot to take her medicine last week, according to what was determined and reported by KHOU in Houston. The mother of three also admitted this is not the first time Dorothy has had to make the call.
“When she was really little, I taught her how to call 911. And she’s done it for me twice now, and she’s my little…she’s my little hero,” Miranda told KTRK.
After Lena Holley was able to keep Dorothy on the phone long enough for their tracking system to kick in, first responders were able to “ping” where the call was coming which led them to a neighborhood in Cleveland, Texas. Lena continued to ask Dorothy questions like what color her house is and if she had a porch or not to help narrow the search more.
After 30 minutes of emergency workers knocking door-to-door, they finally arrived at the Craig home. Miranda was unconscious on the kitchen floor while Dorothy’s two-year-old brother was sitting in a sink full of water. There was also a five-month-old infant secured in a car seat on the floor.
Thankfully, Miranda was still breathing and responders were able to treat her. It was a scary moment for Dorothy, whose quick actions likely helped her mother. Although she doesn’t know what infliction her mother has, she knows how and who to call for help.
“You wouldn’t wake up from the spell,” Dorothy said to Miranda, “and the cops broke the spell.”
According to Parents Magazine, children should be taught around four years old how and why to call 911. They also suggest rehearsing a mock 911 call, including teaching them to stay on the line and answer the dispatcher’s questions. It is also encouraged to speak with older children about the consequences of dialing 911 as a prank.
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