Reporting Aristea Brady
CHASKA, Minn. (WCCO) – A 6-year-old from Chaska is being called a hero because she knew exactly what to do when her grandma had a bad fall.
Maggie Sanders said she learned from her mother that if an emergency happens, you call 9-1-1 immediately.
Apparently, Maggie was listening.
While babysitting, the Chanhassen grandmother tripped and fell on the garage floor where she lied unconscious. Maggie said instinct kicked in and she made the call for help.
Joan “Grandma” Babel is hands-down the little girls’ favorite babysitter.
“I just love her,” said Maggie.
“Just being with the kids, and having fun with them, and you know, you can send ‘em home at the end of the day,” said Babel.
It was while babysitting, watching the kids play outside in the yard when Babel took her sudden spill.
“To get back around the door, it’s really narrow — and so, I stumbled and I fell like three feet, flat on my back,” Babel said.
After Maggie got off the phone with 911, Babel started to regain consciousness.
” I was just really fuzzy, and I looked at her and I said, ‘Maggie, call 911!’ and she said, ‘I already did, Grandma!” said Babel said. “I’m just very, very proud of her. Every time I think about it, I get tears in my eyes.”
In response, Maggie said to her Grandma, “I wanna say, thank you for saying that. I’m proud that I saved you.”
Babel said she is recovering well at a rehabilitation center in Hopkins. She said she’s ready to get back home.
Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight wrote Maggie a letter saying, “I am proud of you, and so are the other police officers, paramedics and doctors. You are the reason that your grandma is OK, today.”