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Child Summons Help for Grandmother During Emergency

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Issue 01, Volume 17.
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MURRIETA - A 5-year-old girl's quick action helped save her grandmother's life, a Murrieta Fire Department official said today.

Paramedics were called to the 40200 block of Via Acuna around 11 p.m. Monday to provide medical aid to a woman who had collapsed and fallen unconscious in her home, according to fire department spokesman Matt Corelli.

He said personnel arrived within five minutes and treated the elderly victim, whose identity was not released, for a life-threatening condition, then rushed her to a hospital, where she was stabilized.

According to Corelli, firefighters questioned who had found the woman and learned it was her 5-year-old granddaughter, who was staying at the residence.

When the child tried to awaken her unconscious grandmother but couldn't, she picked up the phone and called her mother, who in turn called 911 before rushing to the house, Corelli said.

"The quick action and awareness of the 5-year-old ... was vital to her grandmother's immediate treatment and survival," he said. "Without this 5- year-old girl's actions, the outcome could have been very tragic."

According to Corelli, the fire department will be presenting the child with a Life Saver Award in the coming weeks.

He said the incident highlights the importance of "early notification" during an emergency.



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Comment #1 | Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm
Good for her, hope Grandma is better soon.

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