Illinois Girl Saves Her Mom — And Herself

A stop sign

Nine-year-old Aleksandra Sheridan is nearly seven years away from getting her driver’s license.

But she knew exactly what to when her mom had a health emergency behind the wheel.

And because of that, she saved both of their lives.

According to media reports, it all happened on a cold January day, as she and her mom were on the way home from a basketball game.

Her mom started driving funny – funny as in strangely, not humorously.

“She went through a stop light,” Alex told Chicago TV station WMAQ.  “And then at another point, she was going over 70 miles per hour.”

That was way over the speed limit.

Then, they passed right by their home in New Lenox, Illinois.

“I don’t even remember passing our house,” said Alex’s mom, Jennifer Sheridan, in an interview with Chicago TV station WLS.

Then, things got even scarier.

“I guess I went off the road and down through a little ditch,” Alex’s mom told WMAQ reporter Sharon Wright.  “We were heading kind of towards trees and a sign and a utility pole.”

That’s when Alex sprung into action.

“I turned the key off,” she told Chicago TV station WBBM.

In other words, she grabbed the key that was in the car’s ignition – the key you use to start the car – and turned it to the “off” position, so the car would come to a complete stop.

It worked.

The car stopped short of hitting the trees, the sign and the utility pole.

Then, Alex called her dad.

“I just started crying and screaming,” she told WMAQ.

But she didn’t let her emotions get the best of her.

When her dad asked where they were, she had the presence of mind to take a picture of a nearby sign with her phone.

Then she sent him the picture.

Thanks to Alex’s quick thinking, her dad and the police figured out that she was in Frankfort, Illinois – about 35 minutes away from their home, according to WLS.

“The next thing I knew, I woke up in an ambulance,” Alex’s mom told WLS reporter Diane Pathieu.

Alex’s mom has diabetes.

And it turns out her blood sugar was dangerously low – so low that she was reportedly drifting in and out of consciousness while driving.

Thanks to Alex, she got the help she needed at a nearby hospital – including an insulin pump, which she now wears to help keep her blood sugar at the right level.

(Most people make their own insulin inside their bodies.  But when someone has diabetes, either their bodies don’t make insulin or they don’t process insulin properly.  So they have to give themselves insulin on a regular schedule, to keep their blood sugar from getting too high or too low.)

And thanks to Alex, they’re both alive today.

“She’s just an amazing kid,” Alex’s mom told WMAQ.

“I’m just happy that everybody’s okay,” Alex said.  “And nobody got killed.”