5-Year-Old Saves Mom's Life

At just 5 years old, Kadasia Hutchinson is responsible for saving her mother's life not just once, but twice, in the last 15 months. Erica Douglas of Lansing, Ill., is a single mother with diabetes who had the foresight to teach her daughter how to dial 911 at the age of 3.

Luckily, Kadasia remembered her lessons and knew how to handle a medical emergency.

The following is the transcript of her call to 911:

Operator: "Lansing 911"
Kadasia: "Excuse me."
Operator: "Hello?"
Kadasia: "My mom's sick."
Operator: "She's sick? What's wrong with her?"
Kadasia: "But, I know she can talk, but she's just shaking."
Operator: "She's shaking?"
Kadasia: "Yeah."
Operator: "How old are you?"
Kadasia: "Five."
Operator: "You're five? What's your name?"
Kadasia: "Kadasia."
Operator: "Kadasia?"
Kadasia: "Yeah."
Operator: "Ok. Is there anybody else home with you?"
Kadasia: "No."
Operator: "Does she need to go to the hospital?"
Kadasia: "No! She's-She's a diabetic. I don't want her to go to the hospital because you know why?"
Operator: "Why?"
Kadasia: "I have to go to school in the morning."
Operator: "Kadasia!"
Kadasia: "Huh?"
Operator: "Is your door open? Is the front door open?"
Kadasia: "No."
Operator: "No. Is it unlocked?"
Kadasia: "It's locked."
Operator: "Can you unlock it for the policeman?"
Kadasia: "They coming!"
Operator: "Yeah. They're coming there to help you."

When her mother first fell ill on Jan. 27, 2004, Kadesia knew enough to try and get her mother juice first.

On The Early Show, her mother said she is just amazed by how well her daughter handled the situation at such a young age. Kadasia not only understood and responded to all the questions the dispatcher asked, but followed their advice completely.

The first time Kadasia saved her mother's life was in November of 2002, Erica Douglas recalled: "The other time, I was actually unconscious. She had the alarm going off inside of the house and I didn't get up to turn it off. So what she did was, she called for 911, and told them that her mom was sleeping, and she could not wake up, and that I needed help, and that I was a diabetic."

Douglas taught her daughter how to dial 911 at the age of 3. She says, "By me being a single parent and it's only me and her living together in the house. As soon as she learned how to recognize numbers and dial them on the phone is when I basically started teaching her. I explained to her that I'm a diabetic. And she knows symptoms to look for, as far as shaking. If I'm not walking correctly, wobbling around. If I fall on the floor, she knows that my sugar is dropping, and she knows that she's supposed to call 911. So we practiced with her dialing the phone a couple of times. But actually, the phone wasn't on. And with her practicing talking just to basically explain information."

As a result of Kadasia's bravery and composure, she was awarded a certificate of commendation, a junior police badge and a police teddy bear.

Lansing Police Commander Charles Maricich says, "When we listened to the tape, our jaws just dropped. We were truly amazed at how articulate this little girl was and able to ask for help for her mother at that time."

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Kadasia says, "A doctor."
  • Tatiana Morales

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