Jennifer Sheridan and her 9-year-old daughter Aleksandra were on their way to McDonald’s when Sheridan suddenly went into a diabetic shock.
“I don’t even remember passing our house, and we ended up about 35 minutes away from our house. The next thing I knew I woke up in an ambulance,” Sheridan recalled.
Aleksandra noticed something was wrong when the car started swerving erratically and went off the road. Without a moment’s hesitation, the little girl turned off the ignition to stop the car from hitting a tree. She also quickly found a chocolate bar and started feeding her mom small pieces, so she wouldn’t choke.
Alex’s father called to check on the pair, only to have Alex answer the phone, crying and explaining what happened.
Luckily, a witness saw the car drive into the ditch and immediately called 911.
When officials got to the scene, Sheridan was rushed to the hospital while Aleksandra was awarded a yellow rubber duck dubbed the “Golden Duck Award for Heroes”.
“You’re stunned, you feel guilty because she was in charge and she’s 9,” the proud mom said. “In the ER room I promised her she could get an American Girl doll as kind of a reward, but also as a thank you.”