From the perspective of 3-year-old Dorothy Craig, her mother was asleep on the floor and unable to wake up because she was under a spell.
So Dorothy did what she’d been trained to do — she grabbed her mother’s phone and dialed 911.
Miranda Craig, who lives in Liberty County, Texas with her three children, suffers from narcolepsy. Craig has taught Dorothy to call for help in the event of an emergency.
When Liberty County dispatcher Lela Holley answered Dorothy’s call, she had to work quickly to pinpoint the family’s location. Holley attempted to get as much information as she could from a toddler, who kept repeating “momma, momma.”
Officers spent about 30 minutes going door-to-door in the neighborhood, looking for Dorothy and her mother. When they arrived, the children were in a very precarious situation.
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Craig lay unconscious on the kitchen floor. Her 2-year-old son was in a sink full of water, and a 5-month-old baby was secured in a car seat on the floor.
According to KHOU, Craig failed to take her medication for narcolepsy, which is why she passed out.
At the time of writing, no reports have been made as to why the mother did not take her medication.
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Little Dorothy is being hailed a hero for her ability to call 911 and help her family. Deputies acknowledged that the Craig family’s situation could have turned tragic had it not been for Dorothy.
“You wouldn’t wake up from the spell,” Dorothy told her mom. “And the cops broke the spell.”
“When she was really little, I taught her how to call 911,” Craig explained. “And she’s done it for me twice now, and she’s my little — she’s my little hero.”
According to the Narcolepsy Network, narcolepsy affects an estimated 1 in every 2,000 people in the United States. Parents living with narcolepsy have to learn how to manage the diagnosis in combination with meeting the demands of parenting.
“I’m so proud of her!” Craig said of Dorothy, who was beaming with pride. “She’s a good kid.”
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