They may not be old enough to cross the street alone, but two young girls managed to race through the woods to save their mom’s life.
As Heather Conrad-Smith was finishing up a nature walk in Oregon with her husband and two young daughters, Ashleigh, 7, and Kelianne, 5, she became short of breath and went into respiratory failure, KEPR reports. Conrad-Smith’s husband tried carrying her to safety, but he couldn’t trek quickly enough. So the panicked former nurse instructed her young daughters to run ahead of them to find help.
The brave siblings raced more than two miles through the rocky terrain with their dog, helping each other to climb over fallen trees and to avoid dangerous cliffs, until they spotted a ranger whom they led back to their parents.
“It just blows me away that my two girls saved my life,” Conrad-Smith told KEPR. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Such resourcefulness is often the difference between life and death when young children are at the scene of an emergency.
While driving home from a father-son shopping trip in New Jersey in May, Nathaniel Dancy Sr., suffered an aneurysm and a stroke, leaving his 5-year-old son, Nathaniel Dancy Jr., desperate to find help, according to NBC New York.
The little boy called his grandmother and read off the letters on the sign of the furniture store near where the car had pulled over. While his grandmother tried frantically to identify where the two were, Nathaniel calmly instructed her to use her “active listening” skills, a method he had learned in kindergarten.
That’s when it clicked that the troubled pair were stopped at a popular furniture store on New Jersey's Route 22.
"They saved each other's lives," Janelle Blackman, Nathaniel’s mom, told NBC. "My husband knew to pull over. My son knew to take action."