On a typical Friday evening in Frankfort, IL, Jennifer Sheridan and her daughter Aleksandra were on their way to McDonald’s for dinner. Sheridan, who has type II diabetes, suddenly experienced a severe drop in her blood sugar and went into a diabetic shock, reports ABC News. She did not know what was happening and drove through a red light. The next thing she remembers is sitting in an ambulance.
Aleksandra became aware that something was wrong when she noticed her mother driving erratically. Eventually the car veered off the road into a ditch—and that’s when Aleksandra leapt into action. The girl turned off the ignition to prevent the car from hitting a tree, and then fed her mother a chocolate bar that she found in the car’s cup holder, giving her tiny pieces so she wouldn’t choke.
A passerby noticed the car go off the road and called 911. Once the police and fire department arrived on the scene, they presented the heroic Aleksandra with a yellow duck toy, dubbed the “Golden Duck Award for Heroes”.
Thanks to Aleksandra’s quick thinking, both mother and daughter walked away unscathed.