Girl saves grandma by performing CPR


by WHAS editors

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - An 11-year-old girl jumped into action when she found her grandmother covered in sweat and tensing up, performing CPR to save her life.

Rita Lovato and her granddaughter, Kendall Stilwell, have always had a special bond, and the family says it has only grown stronger.

Lovato suffered a major heart attack the morning after her granddaughter had spent the night.

“I was in bed, and then all of a sudden I heard these weird noises, so I turned my head and it was my Nana, and she was drenched in sweat, so then I turned her over and ran to her side, and started to do CPR," Stilwell said.

The fifth-grader called 911 and carefully followed the instructions.

"My brain just, like, said I had to do it," she said.

She waited calmly for paramedics to arrive, continuing to perform CPR.

“(The paramedics) were, like, surprised. I saw their eyes, like, open wide," Stilwell said.

Doctor’s say that the CPR is what saved Lovato’s life.

"My Nana -- she taught me (to perform CPR) when I was little, just in case it happened to my Papa," Stilwell said.

The 72-year-old never thought she would be the one in need of those life-saving skills.

"She's the biggest hero there is," Lovato said.