TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -Victoria knew this day would come, but she never thought her first real patient would be her mother.
"I was like, 'I'm about to watch my mom die right in front of me,'" she says.
Victoria knew she had seconds to act after her mother suffered an allergic reaction at a restaurant.
"I thought, 'I gotta pick her up and give her Epinephrine,'" says Victoria.
She yelled for an EpiPen, lifted her mother into a chair, and watched as a family member gave her the shot. She then communicated with paramedics, and made sure they got her mom to a hospital.
Her mother Karen says her daughter saved her life.
"She's my hero," says Karen. "That's how I feel about Victoria."
Victoria just graduated high school and now is a student at Pima Community College. She credits her actions that day to the Joint Technical Education District, that gives high school students a head start on their career.
Her EMT Instructor Sean Dibbern says Victoria knew exactly what to do.
"Victoria remained calm," says Dibbern. "She knew what protocols she needed to follow."
But once her mom was on the way to the hospital and Victoria got in her car, "I could barely say 'my mom' before I burst into tears," says Victoria. "I've never cried so hard in my life."
Victoria and her mom will always remember that day, and are thankful for every day they get to spend together now.
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