8-year-old girl saves mother's life

Cheltenham, Pa. (WTXF) When it comes to an emergency situation would your child know what to do? One little Elkins Park girl did something officials say they have never seen someone her age do. Her mother is most likely alive because of what she did.

FOX 29’s Shawnette Wilson has the incredible story.

8-year-old Jayla Martin got a surprise plaque she was awarded last week by Cheltenham EMS during an assembly at her school Myers Elementary. It's for the very "grown up" action she took that saved her mom's life.

Jayla won't forget the day her mom got deathly sick. She was home with her 2-year-old sister Ava and made the quick decision to call 9-1-1.

"When I called she just asked me some questions and then he hung up and the police came here," she told FOX 29.

Jayla then got her sister ready and gathered her mom's things while she waited for emergency crews to get there.

Jayla even got Ava's car seat ready so they could go in the ambulance with their mom.

A month and a half later, Latoya Martin now says she still can't believe how grown up her daughter was in such a critical moment. She says she was having sharp pains in her stomach and later found she had internal bleeding.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact that I almost died. So that's the biggest struggle first and then it's like I created her so how can she something I created end up being my biggest blessing," she explained.

Lieutenant Jessica Barto is one of the paramedics who responded to the call and arranged to honor the heroic 2nd grader with the award.

"She was super composed and actually managed to control the situation and herself better than a lot of adults that we come in contact with in emergency situations," she said.


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