Sylvie Mider was on a Boy Scouts camping trip with her father and brother one night when she noticed something “off” about the way her dad was moving in the tent. Sylvie, an 11-year-old Girl Scout, immediately asked her father, David, if he was OK. Though he said he was fine, the Texas girl wasn’t so sure.
She knew that her beloved dad has diabetes, and she got the nagging feeling that his blood sugar was too low. After all, Sylvie had seen this same scenario unfold before.
“If I didn’t notice he was sick or needed help, something terrible was going to happen,” Sylvie said in an interview with Austin 360.
Luckily, the smart girl recalled an important lesson that she had learned at a Girl Scout meeting: “People who panic never do well in bad situations.” So she told herself right then and there that she wasn’t going to panic.
Instead, she woke up her brother, and the two kids went to a nearby tent to get assistance from adults on the trip. Sylvie then remembered that a leader of the group was also a doctor, so she and another leader went to alert him about the urgent situation.
Because of Sylvie’s quick thinking, the doctor was able to test her dad’s blood sugar levels and then give him glucose gel to bring them back up to a proper level. Within a few minutes, David was back to normal and the group was actually able to call off the emergency services before they got to the campground.
“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,” David said of his daughter.
Now, Girl Scouts wants to show Sylvie how proud they are of her, too — by presenting her with the National Lifesaving Award this year for her act of bravery.
Congrats, Sylvie! You absolutely deserve it.
h/t Austin 360