With Bravery and Calm, This 11-Year Old Girl Scout Saved Her Diabetic Father's Life

Sylvie Mider knew that she shouldn't panic. It was the middle of the night, and Sylvie was looking down at her father David, a diabetic who was showing signs of low blood sugar and distress. They were also in a tent in the woods, in the midst of a Boy Scout camping trip.


Fortunately for her father, Sylvie remembered the first-aid lessons she received as a Girl Scout, from a nurse who visited during a troop meeting. "People who panic never do well in bad situations," was a big part of the direction. "I'm going to keep my head," Sylvie remembers telling herself during her interactions with her dad that night.

Sylvie woke her brother, and the two of them alerted other adults in a nearby tent that their father needed medical attention. The group took a look at David, tried to get him to eat a granola bar, but decided that they needed more expert assistance. So they acted fast: Sylvie and one of the adults drove over to another part of the camp, to rouse a Boy Scout pack leader who was also a doctor. The doctor returned with them, and found David's glucose test strips and glucose gel in his bag. These were the keys to helping David; the strips allowed the doctor to see how low David's sugar was, and the gel helped bring up his sugar levels.
Within a few minutes, David had recovered. Sylvie's quick thinking and quick actions had saved her father.

Of his daughter, David says: "I'm so proud of her for keeping her head and having the confidence to recognize what's happening, taking responsibility and going to get the right people to help me out."

In recognition of her bravery, the Girl Scouts will give Sylvie the National Lifesaving Award Medal of Honor later this spring! Go Sylvie!

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