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We encounter situations in life from time to time that we did not anticipate. The key to success in life is learning to respond to and adapt to your environment.

However, at age 8, you rarely consider what you would do in an emergency. Fortunately, 8-year-old Mariah faced a terrifying scenario but was able to demonstrate her strength.


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Patricia Lynch, Mariah’s great-grandmother, arrived to pick her up after school on January 11th, like any other day. She did something she had done numerous times before: she drove her great-granddaughter to her West Bloomfield residence.

Lynch exited her blue Chevy Equinox as they backed into the driveway, but Mariah remained inside.

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Things abruptly went bad. The automobile was moving backward. In an interview, Mariah recalled, “She thought her car was in park, but it was in reverse.” She attempted to stop it from going but collapsed, and the tire “went over her foot.”


Little Mariah didn’t freak out; she acted quickly and did what she had seen her mother and other grownups do when they reached a place. “I pulled the keys out [of the ignition],” the eight-year-old recalled.

The second-grader said, “I didn’t realize her foot was down there, but I knew she could still get wounded because her body was under there.

She hurriedly exited the vehicle and raced to her mother, Porchia Lane, for assistance. Her mother had been at home and had had no reason to believe anything was wrong.

The family’s doorbell camera captured little Mariah’s cries for aid.


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“I believed it was a routine drop off,” her mother remembered of the incident, “and when I opened the door, I still didn’t hear her screaming at first.” Because the driveway is a little hilly, she added, “I thought, ‘Well, maybe my grandmother was having a hard time pulling up the driveway. My grandmother’s shoes were lying in the center of the driveway as I approached the car and started to hear Mariah cry. Even now, I couldn’t see her. I was simply in awe at this point.

When Lane went outside, she saw her grandmother lying beside the car. She noticed that her grandma, who is 79 years old, had managed to extract herself despite having her foot and leg trapped under a tire.

Mariah was able to get a towel by herself. After wrapping her leg, Lane and I ran to the ambulance. She triumphantly remarked, “She thought fast.

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Little Mariah was traumatized by the event. But she admitted that she started to feel better after seeing her great-grandmother at Trinity Health Oakland Hospital, where she had been receiving treatment.


According to Lane, her grandmother did not break any bones by God’s grace, but she required stitches and blood transfusions for the bruising, blisters, and blood loss she experienced.

Following her hospital discharge last week, Lane intends to assist her grandmother with her physical therapy and recovery.

Lane has a message for other parents regarding their children and is pleased with her daughter’s fast thinking. “Remember that your children are always concentrating. Lane added that I spoke with Mariah and encouraged her to trust her instincts and make the correct choices. “It simply makes me proud that she could think quickly and was probably more composed than I would have been in this circumstance. I would have been hysterical.”

This story is so motivating. It makes your heart feel so warm! We want to commend Mariah for her quick thinking.

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