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Five-Year-Old Saves Mother's Life During Seizure

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MARION, Iowa - If you come across Leighlla Andrews, this five-year-old could talk your ear off. She speaks well for a little girl still not in kindergarten.

She also listens.

On Wednesday, her mother, Stephanie, was in the midst of a diabetic seizure. Stephanie said that, two years ago, she was first diagnosed. As the mother of three young children, Leighlla and two younger brothers, Stephanie wrote out specific directions for her oldest child.

Seeing her mother unconscious, Leighlla dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that "her mouth is bubbling". The 17-minute 911 call shows the innocence of the five-year-old but also a girl who listens and listens very well.

The dispatcher tries to obtain the specific information on where the Andrews family lives. This presents its own variables.

Stephanie Andrews moved the family into their home on Marion's west side just the week before. On top of this, the street address has a "half number" in it, a fraction that could easily confuse a five-year-old.

With her mother unable to wake up, Leighlla listens as the dispatcher tells her to go outside to the sidewalk.

"I teach her to not go around strangers," said her mother. " I guess she kept trying to ask me to go outside and ask permission and they finally did go outside."

Marion police officers were finally able to track down the Andrews house by using their car sirens and determining when the sirens could be heard on the phone call.

Leighlla never became scared and hung up the phone. She stayed on the line, as instructed.

17 minutes after Leighlla called 911, officers pulled up to the home to start treatment.

Sgt. Chad Nott, of the Marion Police Department, was one of the first responders on the scene. He said Leighlla's phone call came at a critical time, when minutes and seconds count.

"The mom had left instructions for the child and she followed them to a 'T'.," said Nott.

Two days later, Stephanie Andrews recognizes just what her daughter did.

"She's my hero because I honestly believe that, when they got here, I was still seizing and I would have died if she wouldn't have called the cops and just kept seizing and I wouldn't have come out it. She is truly my hero.

"She's my hero because I honestly believe that, when they got here, I was still seizing and I would have died if she wouldn't have called the cops and just kept seizing and I wouldn't have come out it. She is truly my hero.

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