With a name like “Miracle,” perhaps it’s only fitting that she turns out to be her mother’s very own guardian angel.
Toronda Clark, of Allen Park, knew her daughter, Miracle Hester, was special, but the 13-year-old showed her mother just how special she is recently when she suffered a health crisis and help was solely in the hands of the teen.
Miracle is paralyzed from the waist down and is developmentally challenged.
On May 10, Clark, who is a diabetic, wasn’t feeling well and she and Miracle were lying down at home.
When she got up, she realized her blood sugar level was far too low.
She became disoriented and said she was “sweating bullets.”
Miracle sleeps with the cover over her head and when her mother got up and slightly moaned, she threw off the blanket, knowing her mother was having a health crisis.
Clark was trying to make it to the refrigerator.
“I had to crawl in the kitchen to find something,” the mother said. “I was getting to that point.”
She said she could faintly hear her daughter in the background on the phone calling 911 and providing her name and address.
Although she knew what to do, Miracle admits the whole situation was frightening.
“I was scared and nervous and started to freak out,” the teen said. “I heard her and I saw she was sweating. I knew something was wrong.”
She dialed 911 using her mother’s phone and told the operator that she needed help.
Clark said she taught her daughter how to lock and unlock the front door.
She said Miracle was on her knees hollering to get the attention of emergency medical personnel.
First responders came quickly.
When they brought Clark around, the first thing she did was start yelling for Miracle.
Her daughter was right by her side, and told her that she was ok.
“This girl,” Clark said. “Oh my gosh, she is so smart. She’s my guardian angel. I’ve told her just because you can’t walk doesn’t mean you can’t do things. I’m just so blessed that the people around me are always making sure that I’m good.”
First responders took the time to applaud Miracle for her quick actions and let her know she did a fantastic job getting her mother the help she needed.
One of the first responders even made Clark a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to help bring her functionality back.
The teen is a student at Hoover Middle School in Taylor.
She didn’t want to leave her mother’s side to attend school the following day, but mom convinced her that she was in good hands at home.
Julia Miller, a nurse at the school, heard about how well Miracle took care of her mother and word began to spread from there.
The teen participated in the Unified Special Olympics on May 20, held in Taylor and word even reached organizers there.
She participated in the wheelchair race and soccer events.
Clark said members of the Michigan Army National Guard who were a part of the unified games, came to her house and dropped off a bag of small gifts for her daughter in honor of her “heroic actions.”
Her mother said she loved everything.
Miracle said she realizes all of the things her mother does for her on a daily basis and she appreciates it all.
“I love my mom,” Miracle said. “I want to protect her and keep an eye on her. She does a lot for me. This time, I took care of her.”