Little Hero

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Whether there's a TV-3 microphone in front of her or not, on Monday two-year-old Blu was not saying too much. But a month ago, her words saved a life. Her great grandmother, Nannie Painter, had an emergency.

"I laid down on the bed with her [Blu]. And that's all I can remember," says Painter.

While watching cartoons with her tiny great-grandaughter, Nannie Painter's heart stopped. She had no pulse and wasn't breathing.

Painter recalls, "I was dead. I was actually dead for a few seconds."

And that's the way she would have stayed, if not for the actions of little Blu.

"She says, 'Nanna wake up.' And she come toward the door and started crying saying, 'Wake up, mommy. Wake up.' And Linda heard her," notes Painter.

Linda Fitzgerald is Nannie's daughter and believes, "My mother would not be here if it hadn't been for Blu calling out that night."

Nannie and Blu have always had a special relationship. Blu was born the day after Nannie had a heart attack. Nannie's always felt a special bond.

Painter smiles and says, "She's been my little guardian angel from the day she was born."

And it's a relationship that's sure to grow.

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