NORTH HILLS, CA (KABC/CNN) - Rita Lovato, a 72-year-old grandmother, is calling her granddaughter a hero for saving her life.
The 11-year-old performed CPR and calmly called 911when her grandmother suffered a massive heart attack.
"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,” Kendall said. “And she was drenched in sweat, so then I turned her over and ran to her side, and started to do CPR."
The fifth-grader called 911, carefully following the instructions.
"I was doing chest compressions. I was counting like, 'One, two, three, four,'" Kendall said.
She calmly waited for paramedics to arrive, who were surprised to find an 11-year-old handling the life-or-death emergency.
"They were, like, surprised,” Kendall said. “I saw their eyes, like, open wide."
Doctors say that Lovato suffered a major heart attack, and 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 - the paramedics and the fire department said there's no possible way she would've made it," Art Stilwell, Kendall's father, said.
Kendall's family says they can't believe she didn't panic and were surprised to learn she even knew CPR.
"My Nana, she taught me when I was little just in case it happened to my Papa," Kendall 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.
"I'm just really happy she's OK," Kendall said.
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