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‘She did everything right:’ Middlesex 2nd grader honored for saving grandmother’s life

Posted at 7:18 PM, May 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-14 19:24:24-04

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. -- A seven-year-old Virginia girl was honored Thursday for helping save her grandmother’s life.  Little Anna Crown dialed 911 last month after her grandmother collapsed and was unable to talk. She had suffered a stroke on March 24, 2015.

Dispatchers who took Anna’s call said the Middlesex Elementary student did everything right. She provided critical details needed to get crews to the home so they could airlift her grandmother to the VCU Medical Center.

“In my eyes, she did everything right," dispatcher Tammy Ellis said. "She knew about her grandmother’s condition. She even told us that the grandmother had suffered a stroke. She provided a location. She gave us landmarks and gave directions to get there from a major highway. She provided her mother’s cell phone number. She is amazing."

Ellis is the supervisor of the 911 Communications center.  Anna, a second-grader, said she knew how important it was to dial 911.

“So I could save grandma's life” she added. She  also she loves her grandmother very much.

When asked who taught her to dial 911, Anna said “Nobody."

She went on to say that she just knew to do it.

“I make all As,” Anna said. She said she was glad to be able to help her grandmother that day.

“She hangs out with me," Crown said. "She cooks me good meals and buys me stuff."

Thursday she was excited to be able to meet the Neurosurgeon from VCU Medical Center who cared for her grandmother, that she affectionately calls Mimi.

In a special celebration at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office to honor Anna, the doctor presented her with a pearl bracelet bearing the VCU name, as an engraved jewelry box and a plaque that details her lifesaving actions.

The family tells us Mimi is recovering. Many in the community are still praying for her complete recovery.