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Oregon mom, pinned under car, saved by 9-year-old daughter

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Lilly Wiggins hopped in the driver's seat when the family vehicle rolled over her mother's leg. (KPTV) Lilly Wiggins hopped in the driver's seat when the family vehicle rolled over her mother's leg. (KPTV)
Flo Wiggins and her daughter, Lilly. (KPTV) Flo Wiggins and her daughter, Lilly. (KPTV)
The Wiggins family at their Gladstone home. (KPTV) The Wiggins family at their Gladstone home. (KPTV)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A 9-year-old girl in Gladstone stepped up in a big way recently, when her mom was pinned underneath their family Suburban in a freak accident.

Lilly Wiggins was in the back seat on Sept. 27th when her mom stopped by the mail box at the end of their driveway.

“I thought I had my Suburban in park and thought I had my foot on the brake,” Flo Wiggins, told FOX 12.

She unbuckled her seat belt and opened the door – but then, the car started rolling and she fell out. It rolled on top of her and her right leg was pinned under the weight of the back tire.

“I heard every single bone cracking,” she said.

Panicking would have been easy.

But that’s not how the kids in the Wiggins family have been raised.

Flo Wiggins spent 13 years as an ambulance paramedic and her husband is a volunteer firefighter. Their kids know in the face of an emergency, you act calmly in the moment and react with emotion later.

That’s exactly what little Lilly did.

“I went to the driver’s seat and asked how to get the car off her and how to stop it,” Lilly told FOX 12.

“I looked at her and said, ‘Are you comfortable driving this car off my leg? Because mommy needs it off my leg,’ and she goes, ‘Yes, if you tell me.’” Flo Wiggins said.

So, she did.

From underneath the car, Flo Wiggins described the pedals to her third-grader: The big one in the middle as the brake and the one next to it as the gas.

It was a quick lesson in driving that worked.

Lilly managed to get the car off her mother’s leg, but she hit a mailbox and the neighbor’s fence in the process.

“I was worried that they would get mad at me but they’re actually really nice neighbors so they didn’t,” Lilly said.

“I looked at her and said, ‘Honey all that matters is that you saved mommy’s life. We can fix the fence, we can fix the mailbox, but you saved me,’” her mother explained.

Flo Wiggins had several fractures, a torn ligament, a gash in her back, road rash from her shoulder to her ankle and a degloved finger. She’ll be off her right leg for at least 12 weeks, but she knows it could have been much worse.

“Having my kids be so level-headed was amazing,” she said.

Lilly didn’t just drive the car, she also instructed her little sister to get their brother to start calling for help. They also called their father, who was at work roughly an hour away.

On Monday, firefighters and police officers came to Lilly’s school for a surprise assembly, where she was given awards from both departments.

Now, she’s Gladstone’s newest Community Hero.

“I was really, really worried that she might have died if I didn’t know what I was doing,” Lilly said.

The Wiggins family says this is a good reminder to other families of how important it is to teach your kids to stay calm and get help in the middle of an emergency.

It’s a lesson they taught their kids – but thought they’d never have to use.

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