11-year-old saves grandmother having heart attack - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

11-year-old saves grandmother having heart attack

Posted: Updated:
UNDATED (NBC) -  A heartfelt thank you from Rita Lovato to her granddaughter, after the 11-year-old saved her life.

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

The pair have always shared a special bond.

Kendall’s heroic actions last Wednesday morning after she spent the night have only strengthened their connection.

"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," Kendall said.

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

She calmly waiting for paramedics to arrive who were surprised to find an eleven-year-old handling the life-or-death emergency.

"They were, like, surprised.  I saw their eyes, like, open wide."

Doctors say that Lovato suffered a major heart attack; they say the CPR saved her life.

"When the paramedics got there, they had to restart her heart four times, and if it wasn't for her, the paramedics and the fire department said there's no possible way she would've made it,” Kendall’s dad Art Stilwell said.
  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • 2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:15:58 GMT
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival...[more]
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's...[more]
  • Iceland: Subglacial eruption is underway

    Iceland: Subglacial eruption is underway

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:08:10 GMT
    Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.[more]
    Iceland's Meteorological Office says a subglacial eruption is underway at the Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes over the past week.[more]
  • Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-08-23 14:56:04 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.[more]
    Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts.[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.