A four-year-old girl from Australia will be recognized for her bravery after she called triple zero when her mother was involved in a serious crash on the family’s property near Taree on Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, the girl’s mother, 35, was riding a rugged terrain vehicle (RTV) along a driveway on the property at Bundook while her daughter watched her from the family’s house about 700 metres away when the woman accidentally drove down a steep slope.
She had lost control of the RTV, which is fitted with a cage, and rolled multiple times before the vehicle finally stopped on its side about 100 metres from the road.
The woman had suffered injuries including a fracture and “several serious lacerations” when she got her leg pinned to the ground.
Local authorities say the young girl ran from the house to help her mother, tripping over on the way.
The four-year-old climbed down the vehicle her mother had rolled down, checked on her, then climbed back to ran back to her house.
She called triple zero and was able to tell emergency services her mother needed help, in which the police labeled as “heroic”.
When responding officers arrived, they initially thought the girl had also been in the overturned RTV because of the light injuries she has on her face but was later assured that she fell while running to her mother.
Paramedics and rescue crews worked to stabilize and release the woman for several hours, before she was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle by helicopter for medical attention.
Local officers will recognise the girl’s actions, which helped to save her mother’s life.
“Police believe without the efforts of this young girl the circumstances may have been tragic,” police said.
“Officers from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command will formally acknowledge the child’s quick thinking and life saving actions.”