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7-year-old Rocky Mount girl credited with saving great-grandmother's life

A 7-year-old Rocky Mount girl is being called a hero after the Nash County Sheriff's Office said she saved her grandmother's life.

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Ken Smith
, WRAL anchor/reporter

A 7-year-old Rocky Mount girl is being called a hero after the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said she saved her great-grandmother’s life.

Nakhia Silver, known as Kia, is a life saver, according to her great-grandmother, Phyllis Blackwell.

“I had no idea anything was happening,” Blackwell said.

A few days ago, Blackwell was meeting Kia at the bus stop near their home, like she usually does, but this time, something was unusual.

“She had her eyes closed,” Kia recalled.

The first grader immediately knew something was wrong with her great-grandmother and took action.

“I put the car in park and I said, ‘Wait here, Grandma. I’m going to get help,’ and I went to get my Aunt Penny,” Kia said.

Getting help meant Kia ran for about a quarter of a mile from the bus stop to her home.

“She had the smartness, she had the presence of mind to help and that’s what she did,” Blackwell said.

Blackwell said her great-granddaughter’s actions have helped make the bond between them even stronger.

Blackwell was taken to Nash General Hospital for treatment, and released a couple of days later. She now calls her great-granddaughter her “miracle girl.”


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