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Six-Year-Old Girl Saves Aunt's Life

July 31, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Six-Year-Old Girl Saves Aunt's Life
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

If you saw someone suffering from a diabetic seizure, would you know what to do or even what was going on?  A six-year-old Sioux Falls girl did, and thanks to her quick thinking, her aunt is still alive.

Six-year-old Maddie Eggebraaten enjoys "girl's time" with her aunt, Melissa Eggebraaten.

"Because she's fun," Maddie said.

But this weekend a fun sleepover turned scary.

"I just woke up and she was shaking and kicking her legs like that," Maddie said.

Melissa has Type 1 diabetes and she was suffering from a seizure Sunday morning.

"There's a point where their blood sugar is at a level they need some intervention.  And if that intervention doesn't happen in a certain amount of time, there could be permanent damage," Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Jeff Helm said.

The situation can be also become deadly.  So Maddie first tried calling 911 from Melissa's phone but couldn't figure it out. Then she ran down the hallway, knocking on several neighbors' doors until she found someone at home, who then called for an ambulance.

"If she wasn't here that morning, I probably would not be alive," Melissa said.

"We get, many times, adults who don't know what to do.  And when you have a six-year-old who notices someone seizing, which is a scary event, and doesn't freeze up, that's great. She did what she needed to do," Helm said.

Maddie knew exactly what to do because her father, who's also a diabetic, taught her the signs of a diabetic coma and what to do if someone were suffering from one.

"We have a plan just like we do with a fire call or any kind of emergency and I quiz them at the dinner table," Maddie's father, Mat Eggebraaten, said.

"He always told us to go get help," Maddie's brother, Jack Eggebraaten, said.

It's a lesson that proved to be life-saving.

"She's a very brave, very brave little girl," Melissa said.

"I'm just proud of her," Mat said.

But Maddie says it was a small task for a woman who means so much to her.

"Because she's my aunt, and I love her," Maddie said.

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