5-year-old comes to mom's aid after she goes into diabetic shock
SANTA FE, NM (CNN/KRQE) — A five-year-old girl in New Mexico is being hailed as a hero after saving her mom's life.
The little girl quickly came to her mom's aid after she went into diabetic shock.
(nats: "Tell me exactly what happened." "Looks like she's having a seizure. My granddaughter just called me.")
Ernie Lopez was frantic as his daughter lie unconscious on the couch, seizing in a diabetic coma.
Luckily, his five-year-old granddaughter knew exactly what to do.
(nats: "I'm glad you called me, honey. That was very smart. Thank you for calling me. She's gonna be okay.")
"They told me I could never have kids, and then I had her, and she saved my life."
Darlene Lopez doesn't remember much from that day but she knows
Her daughter Gracie is to thank for saving her life.
"I don't know what I'd do without her. She's my best friend."
It began like any other day until Gracie went to get her mom for breakfast.
"She didn't wake up."
"She knew right away that I needed sugar to feel better."
That's when Gracie went for the peanut butter cups.
"I opened it, and then I tried to put it in her mouth."
She and her mother shared the candy.
Then, she called for help.
"When she called me and said her mother wasn't breathing anymore, I knew that I had to get to her house as quickly as I could."
Lopez called 911 and raced to his daughter's house.
"My granddaughter kept saying, 'Grandpa, don't panic. It's all going to be okay,' and she just touched my heart."
"I knew my mom was going to be okay."
And she was, thanks to quick thinking from her daughter, Gracie.
Lopez has type-one diabetes and is a single mother.
She’s currently on a wait list for a new kidney and pancreas.