Esteria Smith might be seven years away from having a driver’s license, but she’s already shown skills behind the wheel. The nine-year-old guided a car to the hospital when her father, who had been driving, fell ill:


“I took my daughter to karate class and was there and right as class was winding up. I started feeling not myself. Not a headache, but not myself” [John Smith, Esteria’s father] explained. Esteria said she also noticed something was off.

“I start thinking to myself, ‘well what’s wrong with him? He’s not fussing. He’s not telling me how to do this. He’s not telling me how to do that’ Esteria said laughing. “Then, we got to the car and he was mumbling when he told me where we was going [the hospital] and he was walking really fast. I was like, ‘what’s happening?’ So, we got in the car and he started driving, but he was driving crazy!”

It wasn’t long before the situation took a turn for the worst.

“He told me he couldn’t see and started panicking saying, “‘I don’t know what to eat, I don’t know what to eat”‘ Esteria recalled. “Then, he gave me his phone, but didn’t tell me what to do! I didn’t know if I needed to call the ambulance or what I needed to do!”

But, she quickly figured it out. “I took over the whee!” she said with a proud smile.

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Once at the hospital, doctors discovered that John Smith  had golf ball-size tumor. He will begin treatment soon.

Kudos to Esteria for remaining calm and getting her father to the hospital. We wish Mr. Smith a successful treatment.