Staten Island girl, 6, praised as hero after 911 call

March 23, 2010 2:50:36 PM PDT
A 6-year-old Staten Island girl is being called a hero after she knew just what to do when her great-grandmother fell into a diabetic coma. "They said if it hadn't of been for her, I wouldn't have been here," Phyllis Hill said.

Hill breaks down in tears when she tells the story of how her great-granddaughter Kiana saved her life in February.

It was 2:30 in the morning when Kiana discovered Hill had collapsed in a diabetic coma. Not able to wake her, the first-grader immediately called for help.

"I was in the bedroom and I got up and took the phone and I called 911," Kiana said. "And then they said the paramedics are on their way."

Kiana gave the operator her address and buzzed in the EMTs when they arrived.

"When I woke up, there were EMTs around me, slapping my hand and asking do I feel alright," Phyllis said.

Hill was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital, where she spent two days before coming back home to Kiana, who says she learned about dialing for help in school.

After that life-saving call, Kiana got a shopping spree at a toy store and a great big great grandmother hug.

"She's my angel, you know?" Phyllis said. "They say everyone has an angel. She's my angel."