A 4-year-old Michigan girl is being called a hero after calmly dialing 911 after her pregnant mother fell to the floor in a seizure, CNN is reporting.
Calise Manning was at home with her mother, Centerria Manning, in Kalamazoo Thursday when Centerria, who has epilepsy, fell to the floor in a seizure. Calise calmly called 911.
“She’s shaking and she’s having a baby. My mom is really pregnant and she’s having a boy and she really needs help.”
According to KTLA (Los Angeles), Centerria and Calise had practiced how to use 911 and what to do in case of an emergency.
“I was so proud of her, because we practiced and I teach her because I am epileptic. I (taught) her the address and my full name and things like that, and how to dial 911.”
Centerria said that Calise was able to give the 911 operator important details, such as their address, the color of their house, and the fact that Centerria was pregnant.
Calise remained incredibly calm during the nearly seven and half minute 911 call. At one point, the 911 operator, in an effort to keep Calise calm, asked her how old she was.
“Four. Yes, and I’m almost getting bigger.”
When Centerria emerged from her seizure before the ambulance arrived, Calise, still calm, comforted her mother, according to ABC News.
“She was standing over me. She was like ‘OK Mommy, the ambulance is going to be here in a minute.'”
Emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene, and scooped up the 4-year-old for an ambulance ride with her mom, since Centerria’s fianceé was at work at the time and there was no one to care for Calise. For Calise, the ambulance ride was the most exciting part of the day.
“It was really good to ride in the ambulance with mom.”
At the hospital, doctors treated mom with anti-seizure medications. They also decided to induce labor.
Kids’ Health recommends teaching your children how to safely and properly use 911 at an early age, and stresses that they should be taught to only call 911 in the event of an actual, real emergency, and not, for example, to talk to Santa Claus.
On Friday morning, TJ Manning was born happy and healthy. Wearing a T-Shirt with the words “I’m the Big Sister” emblazoned on it, Calise is fiercely protective of her new little brother, says her mom.
“She doesn’t want anyone to hold him but her. [She said] ‘I’m the best big sister in the world.’ She’s loving it.”
[Image courtesy of: KTLA]