A three-year-old little girl from Cleveland, Texas is being called a hero as authorities say she may very have saved her mother and her two siblings lives. It seems that when Dorothy’s mother passed out unconscious, the toddler reached for the phone and remembered how to dial 911 for help. Even though the toddler is actually still learning her words, she was capable of staying on the line with the dispatcher.
In a recording of the 911 call obtained by ABC 13, the dispatcher can be heard answering the call “Liberty County 911”. The toddler could then be heard stating “Mommy”. The dispatcher tried to obtain the child’s name and description of her house but was unable to understand the child’s answer. The dispatcher then asked Dorothy if her mom was sick or hurt, and the child answered “Yes”. When asked if her mommy was with her, Dorothy replied: “on the floor.”
Liberty County deputies went door to door in search of the correct residence for almost half an hour before finding the right one. When they entered the residence, they found Dorothy’s mother unconscious on the floor, and her two younger siblings unattended. Dorothy’s 2-year-old brother was sitting in a sink of water, and her other 5-month-old sibling was strapped to a car seat sitting on the floor.
Dorothy’ mother, Miranda, was treated by emergency responders, who found that she suffers from narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder that prevents those afflicted from controlling their sleep-wake cycles, resulting in the individual being able to uncontrollably fall asleep during any situation.
Luckily Dorothy was able to understand the need to call 911 and also make the call. Psychologists state that children as young as 3-years-old can be taught to dial 911 in case of emergency. They also suggest that parents teach the child to also give their first and last names, and teach them the address to give.