Girl, 9, Drives Dad to Hospital

Esteria Smith grabbed wheel after father almost lost consciousness

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Holley

Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – When John Smith went to pick his daughter, Esteria, up from karate class on Monday, he started to feel a little strange. "I started thinking to myself, 'well, what's wrong with him?'" Esteria, 9, tells WJHG. Realizing that something was wrong, John told his daughter they were going to the hospital, and started driving them there. "But he was driving crazy!" Esteria recalls. "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."

Realizing she needed to do something, Esteria, who was in the back seat, reached forward and grabbed the wheel with one hand, while her barely-conscious father held the accelerator. She drove in this way for eight blocks to the ER. "He was fighting me, and I couldn't make the turns that I needed to do," she says. "I hit a curve, and we almost ran into the front of an ambulance!" At the hospital, doctors discovered a golf ball-sized tumor on Smith's brain. He's now getting treatment.

Esteria Smith talks to WJGH in this screenshot.   (WJGH)
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WJHG's interview with Esteria and her dad.   (WJHG)

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