A Florida girl showed bravery by helping save her grandfather during a life-or-death emergency.
HOLT — A 9-year-old girl showed immense bravery recently after her grandfather had a heart attack.
Meggie Winship was at home alone with her grandfather, Charles Few, when the medical emergency occurred. Few was able to call for help, but soon after Meggie had to take over.
While she waited with her grandfather for the paramedics to arrive, Meggie put the dogs away. When the paramedics arrived, Meggie told them everything that happened.
“The paramedics said she did really well,” said Josie Eaton, Meggie’s mother. “She was able to say what was going on without a panic.”
Eaton was not at home during the emergency, but received a call from her daughter that she was in the ambulance with her grandfather on the way to North Okaloosa Medical Center.
“I thought she was calling just to say ‘Hey mom,’ ” Eaton said. “When she said he was in the ambulance and that he had a heart attack, I dropped everything and met them at the hospital.”
Eaton said Meggie sounded worried on the phone, but she kept calm during the entire situation. Eaton was extremely proud of the way her daughter handled the emergency.
“She can stay calm under pressure,” Eaton said. “She’s a very logical kid and she knew that she had to help her grandpa.”
Meggie doesn’t remember much from that day because she “doesn’t like to remember bad things,” but said her grandfather had other emergencies before so she just knew what to do.
“It was a little bit scary,” Meggie said. “I rode in the ambulance.”
After they arrived at the hospital, doctors did a test that revealed Few had blockage in all of his major arteries and would need surgery. The next day he was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for several bypasses. Few then had to be put on a ventilator for a few days.
After the ventilator was removed, he told the family what he could remember about what happened and thanked his granddaughter for saving his life.
“He said that she told him that everything was going to be OK,” Eaton said. “He was crying when he thanked her because if she wasn’t here we don’t know what would have happened.”
Few will be at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center until he is cleared to go to a rehab facility.
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