5-Year-Old Long Island Girl Calls 911, Saves Mom

The girl let EMTs in and even held the family's hyper dogs at bay while they worked

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    A 5-year-old girl is being hailed as Long Island’s newest hero after she remembered to call 911 when her mom passed out from diabetic shock last week. Brynn Gingras reports (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013)

    A 5-year-old girl is being hailed as Long Island’s newest -- and littlest -- hero after she called 911 when her mother lost consciousness from diabetic shock last week.

    “My mom is passed out,” Jillian Given told dispatchers.

    The girl kept her cool through the five-minute call, telling Nesconset dispatcher James Hudson that they were at her grandmother's house and whether her mother was breathing. She unlocked the doors to let EMTs in the home and kept the family’s hyper golden retrievers at bay while they worked.

    “Most people would probably freak out,” Hudson said. “She was 4 or 5 and she did a great job. She knew exactly what to say.”

    Medics were able to revive the girl’s mother, Elisabeth Given. If Jillian hadn’t acted so quickly, things could have gone worse, according to Nesconset Assistant Fire Chief John Martins.

    “Without Jillian being there and recognizing what happened, the outcome could have been critically fatal,” he said.

    Jillian’s mom said she couldn’t believe her daughter remembered to call 911 and thinks all parents should make sure their kids know what to do during emergencies.

    "Every parent should be teaching their child to do it because they get it, they can do it," she said.

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