A 2-year-old girl in Macon, Georgia, sprang into action when her mother passed out, using a cell phone to dial 911 before calling her grandmother for help.
According to a report by Georgian news station WHAS11 on Thursday, Tamyaa Alexander was at her mother’s house when she passed out.
The station reported that after receiving medical treatment, Alexander learned that his 2-year-old daughter, Serenity, was able to dial 911 on her cell phone.
“I didn’t know what to expect from my baby,” Alexander told the news channel.
“Seeing my baby being so smart and smart… knowing what to do when something is going on with his mom, that really touches me,” she added.
The station reports that Alexander doesn’t know why she passed out but that she feels better now.
In another incident in the UK in November, a three-year-old boy was able to call the police after his mother fell unconscious.
The boy, Thomas Boffey dialed 999 – the UK equivalent of 911 – after his 33-year-old mother fell down the stairs, the Independent reported at the time.
According to the outlet, he knew how to dial 999 in an emergency because he had watched Robocar Poli, an animated program for children from South Korea that featured a police car, an ambulance and a fire engine.
“He climbed up on my window sill in the living room to pick up my phone and he managed to [phone] the operator, ”said the boy’s mother, said according to the Independent.
“They couldn’t understand what he was talking about but directed him to the police,” she added.
A study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in May found that few young children between the ages of 4 and 9 are actually able to dial 911 using smartphones.
“Many young children use cell phones to play games, watch movies and video chat, but it is not known if they can dial 911 and report an emergency,” a summary of the study reads.
The study simulated an emergency situation for children to see how the children would react and whether they would call for help.
He found that only 20% of children in grades 2 and 3 dialed 911, while none of the children in younger years did.
“In this study, we highlight the need to develop emergency skills education aimed at improving emergency preparedness of young children in the digital age with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate strategies to develop these skills. skills in children aged 4 to 6, ”the study researchers said.