5-year-old girl saves mom's life

SANTA FE, N.M. - A 5-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.

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.

"They told me I could never have kids, and then I had her, and she saved my life," said Darlene Lopez.

Darlene Lopez doesn't remember much from that day but she knows her daughter Gracie is to thank for saving her life.

It began like any other day until Gracie went to get her mom for breakfast.

"She didn't wake up," said Gracie.

"She knew right away that I needed sugar to feel better," said Darlene.

That's when Gracie went for the peanut butter cups.

"I opened it, and then I tried to put it in her mouth," said Gracie.

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," said Ernie.

Ernie 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," said Ernie.

"I knew my mom was going to be okay," said Gracie.

And she was, thanks to Gracie's quick thinking.

Lopez has type one diabetes and is a single mother. She's currently on a wait list for a new kidney and pancreas.


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