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8-year-old saves diabetic mother in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A mother and her son were reunited after her 8-year-old saved her life early Friday morning.

“I’m so thankful for my son. He’s an amazing little guy,” said Carly Brinley, the diabetic mom saved by her son.

Her son, 8-year-old JJ Ashley, noticed his diabetic mom was acting strangely when he got up for school and called for help.

“She was making some kind of sound, and it was really weird,” said JJ Ashley.

Brinley knew her diabetes were out of control so she told her children if anything were to happen to call their grandma or 911 and get help right away.

“I ended up having a seizure from low blood sugar from my diabetes.” said Brinley.

Brinley is so thankful her son knew what to do and quickly called someone for help.

“I was scared and I called my dad, and then he called the ambulance, and then he gave us our address and lot number, and they got there and we were sitting with the policeman,” said JJ Ashley.

Brinley has not had an episode since before hers son’s birth but she prepared him anyway in case of an emergency.

“I’m so proud of him, so proud of him. I mean, he literally saved me, which is amazing. He’s eight.”

JJ called his mom when she was in the hospital and left her this voicemail.

“Hey Mom, this is JJ, I just wanted to see what was going on if you were doing alright. Love you, bye,” said JJ on the recording.

Brinley was tremendously proud of her son for knowing what to do and taking quick action which literally saved her life.

If you have an illness like diabetes it is important to make sure your loved ones know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Statistics show diabetes has been continuously rising for 2 decades in Indiana. As of 2014 more than 10 percent of the population is living with the disease.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the state of Indiana and 1,818 people died of complications from diabetes in 2014.

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