Ugh. This is so tragic, you probably won't be able to stop thinking about it all day long.
When her mother, Kari Dunn, was brutally stabbed inside a hotel bathroom room at a Baymont Inn hotel in Texas, a 9-year-old girl tried calling 911 four times -- but she couldn't get through because you have to dial a "9" before making outgoing calls from this particular property.
The poor girl could hear her mother dying in the bathroom, and she and her other siblings finally ran into the hallway and had someone else call 911 for them.
Kari sadly passed away from her injuries. And now her father, Hank Hunt, is petitioning to get a law passed that would require hotels and motels to upgrade their phone systems so guests could call 911 without having to dial any additional numbers beforehand.
And all I can think about is that poor little girl who desperately tried to get her mother the help she needed -- all while doing exactly what she'd been taught to do in the event of an emergency. Can you even imagine how frustrated and panicked she must have felt to hear nothing but static on the other end of the line instead of an operator who would send help?!?
There's no way of knowing for sure whether Kari's life could have been saved if help had arrived much sooner -- but I'm sure it's a question that wil haunt this child as she grows up ... probably for the rest of her life. Hopefully her family will do everything they can to reassure her that she did the right thing, and that there's nothing else she could've possibly tried to save her mom in that horrible moment.
For her sake, and that of future kids who might find themselves in the same situation, I sincerely hope this law gets passed. Teaching our children how to handle scary situations is a must. But things like calling 911 need to be universal no matter where they are so something like this does not happen again.
Does your child know how to call 911?
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