Delaware girl saves mother’s life

A Delaware mom is on the mend, thanks to her 7-year-old who, officials say, saved her life.

The Newark 911 center says the little girl called Thursday afternoon, reporting her mother was “acting crazy” and needed medical help. Newark Police, New Castle County Paramedics and Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder responded to the first block of Thompson Circle, where they found the woman unconscious. She was transported to Christiana Hospital and released. 

The child answered questions about her mother’s age, medical history and remained cool and collected until first responders arrived to administer help. 

Newark Police say the incident highlights the importance of teaching children how to dial 911, to practice and memorize their address and phone number and to also make them familiar with how to use a cell phone. Police say the mom practiced these steps, which led to this positive outcome.

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All of this comes in the middle of Newark’s 32nd annual safety program. The program run by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department teaches pre-school and elementary school-aged children about strangers, fire and water safety, poisons and calling 911.  

This year’s program runs through August 10 at the George Wilson Community Center. Space is still available in the morning session for children aged 4-5 years and in the afternoon session for children aged 5-7 years, but you must register.

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