Girl, 4, helps save mum's life after RTV rollover
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD who ran several hundred metres up a steep hill to raise the alarm after her mother crashed a farm vehicle yesterday said: "I just wanted to help my Mummy."
Despite denying she is a hero, little Georgia Ritter's courage and quick thinking is being credited with saving her mother Natalie's life and police said they would recommend her for a bravery award.
Ms Ritter, 35, was driving the rugged terrain vehicle on Tuesday afternoon when it went over a steep embankment on her 200ha cattle farm at Bundook, near Taree, on the NSW mid-north coast.
The vehicle, which had a roll cage, rolled several times before it stopped with Ms Ritter's leg pinned underneath.
Minutes earlier Georgia had been told to get out of the RTV she had been riding in with her mum.
Not wearing any shoes, Georgia ran several hundred metres down the embankment with her dog, Russell, to get to her mother.
At one point the little girl tripped and landed on her face but she got straight up and kept on running until she reached her trapped mother and asked if she was all right.
Ms Ritter told her daughter that she needed to get help.
Georgia then rushed all the way back to their house with her dog, Russell, by her side before dialling triple-0 and alerting emergency services.
Her sister Sarah, Ms Ritter's stepdaughter, yesterday revealed the family had been teaching Georgia to dial the emergency number for the past few months.
"It definitely saved (Ms Ritter's) her life," she said.
Georgia's dad, Brett, was almost 700km away, arranging to buy a new truck in Brisbane.
By chance he called the house just after Georgia had raised the alert, and asked to speak to Natalie.
"She just burst into tears and said 'I can't go back down there'," Mr Ritter's brother, David, who lives less than 1km away, said.
Brett called his brother, who rushed to help.
"I could hear (Natalie) screaming half way down the cliff face," he said.
It took about three hours for emergency workers to free Ms Ritter, whose leg was badly injured from the ankle to the upper thigh.
"It's the worst farm accident I've ever seen," David Ritter said.
Ms Ritter remained conscious throughout the ordeal and was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Despite her incredible actions, Georgia told The Daily Telegraph she did not think she was being brave or a hero.
"I'm not I just wanted to help my Mummy," she said.
Sarah said Ms Ritter "very thankful and very proud of her little girl".
"She's a very brave little girl, we're very proud of her," she said.
"We're OK, we're thankful, and we're lucky to have Georgia."
Chief Inspector John Sullivan said he was in the process of writing out a recommendation to the Royal Humane Society of NSW that Georgia should receive a bravery award.
"Mum would have died if not for her daughter," he said. "She was a champion."