On August 27, 14-year-old Tyler Frank woke up to find water from Hurricane Harvey had filled her home. Her mother and three brothers — ages 8, 16, and 18 — soon found the water nearly rising overhead.
The family scrambled to the roof where they were stranded — outside, exposed to the rain — for a total of two days. Tyler was scared. But for her, there was more to be afraid of than the hurricane alone. The teenager suffers from sickle cell anemia, causing her body to go into “sickle cell crises.”
During one of these outbreaks, her red blood cells clog up her vessels and stifle the flow of oxygen to certain parts of the body. The result is excruciatingly painful. Tyler suffered one such crisis just as Harvey hit.
The sick teen was desperate to get out. She tried calling 911, begging for help on Facebook, and posting on Instagram. Nothing worked. With a fever reaching 103 degrees, Tyler was growing more anxious. Her mother later told reporters that Tyler’s face and mouth were turning blue from lack of oxygen. Then, Tyler had an idea.
“I was like — Siri’s smart enough! Let me ask her!” Tyler said. So she commanded: “Siri, call the Coast Guard.” The following afternoon, help arrived.CNN
The coast guard was able to save the entire family thanks to Tyler’s quick thinking! She has since been treated and released from the hospital.