5-year-old Santa Fe girl saves mother’s life

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A girl is credited with saving her mother’s life and keeping her grandparents calm in the process.

Ernie Lopez was frantic as his daughter lie unconscious on the couch, seizing in a diabetic shock. Luckily, his 5-year-old granddaughter knew exactly what to do.

“I’m glad you called me, honey. That was very smart. Thank you for calling me. She’s going to be okay,” Ernie Lopez said.

“They told me I could never have kids and then I had her and she saved my life,” the girl’s mother Darlene Lopez said.

Darlene doesn’t remember much from that day but she knows her daughter Gracie is to thank for saving her life.

“I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s my best friend,” Darlene said.

It began like any other day until Gracie went to get her mom for breakfast.

“She didn’t wake up,” the young girl said.

Little Gracie knew that her mom needed sugar and went for the peanut butter cups.

“I opened it and then I tried to put it in her mouth,” Gracie said.

She and her mother shared the candy. Then, she called for help.

“When she called me and said her mother wasn’t breathing anymore, I knew that I had to get to her house as quickly as I could,” Ernie said.

Ernie called 911 and raced to his daughter’s house.

“My granddaughter kept saying, ‘grandpa don’t panic, it’s all going to be okay’ and she just touched my heart,” Ernie said.

And Gracie knew her mom was going to be fine.

“I knew my mom was going to be okay,” Gracie said.

Darlene is a type one diabetic and a single mother. She’s currently on a wait list for a new kidney and pancreas. A fund- Darlene Lopez’s Transplant- is set up at US Bank to help with expenses.

Lopez says she’s been in a diabetic shock and had seizures before but she says she’s always come out of it.

This is the first time Gracie was there to help.

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