In Peabody, Massachusetts an 8-year-old girl has been hailed a hero. Jaelyn Richardson, a 3rd grader from Welch Elementary School, was at home with her grandmother when she saw her having a severe allergic reaction. Richardson immediately ran to the phone and dialed 9-1-1. The operator instructed her to get her grandmother’s EpiPen. “The police told me what to do, and I used an EpiPen myself,” she told local news outlet Item Live.
Richardson said she was scared but after injecting her grandmother she watched her condition slightly improve before the paramedics arrived.
The third grader’s teacher Lynne Swensen said she was very proud of Richardson’s quick thinking. “When she came in and said she had to call 911 and give the EpiPen to her grandmother, it was unbelievable to think that an 8-year-old could do that,” Swensen added to Item Live.
The Welch Elementary School nurse awarded the 8-year-old with a handmade nurse’s hat for saving her grandmother’s life.