A 3-year-old girl from Massachusetts is being called a hero after she saved the life of her pregnant mother who lost consciousness during a seizure.
Weymouth police gave Aryanna Lynch a commendation last week to recognize her bravery in an emergency, the Patriot Ledger reported.
“It could have had a tragic ending if she didn’t do what she did,” said Weymouth police Capt. Richard Fuller.
Tiffany Lynch, Aryanna’s mother, told the newspaper that in early February she got very sick with a stomach bug and suffered a seizure caused by dehydration.
“I started to get really dizzy,” she said. “The next thing I realized, the EMTs were at my house cutting into my clothes.”
Kevin Lynch, Aryanna’s father, said his daughter somehow managed to unlock her mother’s cell phone and call her mother’s cousin to leave a message.
She said, “Mommy is sick, and we need you to call an ambulance,” according to Tiffany.
Aryanna’s 2-year-old sister was also at home when her mom suffered the seizure, the Patriot Ledger reported.
“To me it’s remarkable that a 3-year-old would be able to do that, especially since the mother’s phone was locked,” the police captain said.
“She’s very good with the phone,” Mr. Lynch added.
Weymouth police invited Aryanna and her family to a ceremony Wednesday at the police station to celebrate her act of bravery.
“When a child acts so responsibly, it’s just a delight to hear,” said Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes before presenting Aryanna with an award from Mayor Susan M. Kay, the Boston Globe reported.
“Your quick response and undeniable concern for your mother’s well-being has made an everlasting impression on many of us,” Mr. Grimes read aloud. “Weymouth is proud of you for being an outstanding citizen, and commends you for your bravery.”
Aryanna also won a safety award from recently retired safety officer Bob Barry.
“And guess what?” he said to Aryanna. “This little plaque right here … it says, ‘From the Weymouth Police Department to Aryanna Lynch, for her bravery in an emergency situation, that brought swift care to those in need.’ Who is your mom.”