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East Texas daughter saves her diabetic mother

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - If your children come across an emergency of another child, or an adult, it is comforting to know they know who to contact, and how to help. One East Texas girl saved her diabetic mother, by making a simple phone call ... and a glass of juice.

"I guess I just knew how to do it, so I wasn't very scared," says 13-year-old Mikaela Starling who showed no fear when it came to saving her mother's life.

Tammy Prater of the Smith County American Red Cross says, "Where you see children in trouble is when they don't know what to do and they don't know how to get help, and they don't know how to help."

Fryda Starling has been diabetic since 1994, so she made sure her daughter understood what to do in case of an emergency.

"If she was here, and didn't know what to do than I would have probably died that day. But because she knew what to do and knew not to panic, then she saved my life," says Fryda Starling.

Prater said, "It's like anything else, practice makes perfect and the more practice that we have, the more training, the more comfortable we feel with something."

Mikaela found her mother passed out from having a low blood sugar level ... so she quickly thought about what she needed to do.

"I guess how I was going to get her up and get her blood sugar back up," Mikaela said.

American Red Cross says all families need to discuss emergency situations, and how they will handle them.

"The Amount of time and money, spent on planning ahead of time will be saved tenfold after the event," Prater says.

Mikaela Starling says she plans on being a pediatrician, and helping children that are diabetic.

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