updated 05/16/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/16/2014 AT 12:05 PM ET
Four inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week’s list)
1. Heroic Kansas Girl Jumps Behind the Wheel
A second-grader in Galena, Kansas found herself driving a car Wednesday morning, and it might have just saved her mother’s life. Eight-year-old Abby Porter took control of her family s car after her mother fell unconscious while driving, reports KOAM.
Thankfully, police officer Jimmy Hamilton with the Galena Police Department was on patrol nearby, and witnessed the surreal scene of a young girl behind the wheel. Hamilton instructed Abby to shift the moving car into park, and while she was understandably scared at first, Abby agreed to do so. Officer Hamilton then pulled in front of the vehicle, to provide a buffer between it and the fast approaching intersection. The car came to a stop without damage.
Abby’s mother was taken to a nearby hospital and released by the end of the day. For her part, Abby was insistent on still attending school, telling KOAM “I wanted to take my spelling test and tell everyone, everything was ok.”
2. Ohio Doctor Leaps from Jury Box to Save Court Witness
When a witness in an Akron, Ohio trial began seizing last Wednesday, a doctor serving jury duty bolted from the jury box to help, reports WKYC. The medical emergency occurred during the first hour of a trial in Akron Municipal Court.
During cross-examination, the witness’s head tilted back and the seizure began. Dr. Jovan Laskovski M.D, a local orthopaedic surgeon, jumped over the jury box partition. He secured the witness to prevent bodily injury and performed safety measures until the paramedics arrived.
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, who presided over the case, noted the importance of performing civic service. “Yesterday, more than ever, we saw just how important jury service is. In all seriousness, Dr. Laskovski, like so many others, sacrificed his busy schedule to fulfill his civic duty. We are so grateful he did,” Oldfield told WKYC.
3. The 8-Year-Old Florida Girl Who Helped Deliver Her Baby Brother
A 911 dispatcher talked an 8-year-old Florida girl through a special delivery on Monday: her little brother
Young Jazmine McEnaney put on a brave face when her mother, Krystle Garcia, went into a painful but brief labor two weeks ahead of her due date. Garcia recreated the drama for WFTS, underscoring the fact that there was little time to prepare: “I was in the bathroom and my water broke and I yelled for her, ‘Jazmine, grab the cordless phone. Dial 911!’ ”
Garcia gives all the credit to the emergency dispatcher, who helped both mother and daughter remain calm.
4. Mario Andretti Takes 102-Year-Old Woman on 180 mph Joyride
Edith Pettinger might be a centenarian, but she shows no signs of slowing down.
On Tuesday, the 102-year-old Muncie, Indiana resident was driven around Indianapolis Motor Speedway by none other than Mario Andretti, reports The Star Press.
Their two-seat Indy car reached speeds of 180-mph, which was too slow for Pettinger. “[Andretti] said 180 is the maximum,” Pettinger told the Star Press. “I wanted to do 200, but he wouldn t do that.”
Pettinger is no stranger to adrenaline-inducing activities; for her 100th birthday, she went parasailing.
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