Girl Uses Cpr When Grandmother Stops Breathing

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Taylor Mansoor is just 11 years old, yet she stayed calm in a tough situation when she found her grandmother was not breathing.

She has been going to her "Mawgee's" home in the Valley with her little brother, Tanner, for a week each summer as long as she can remember.

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Taylor Mansoor

Mawgee was Carolyn Clark, a woman who looked forward to catching up on all of her grandchildren's stories when they came to visit.

This summer's visit was especially important, as she was finally home after an eight-month stint in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

The children came to visit on a Thursday. They shared pictures.

"We watched ‘Curly Sue' together a bunch of times," Taylor said.

Taylor helped her grandmother by getting her a glass of water or a magazine if she wanted one, and she told her grandmother about the Safe Sitter Certificate she earned through the Payson Fire Department's week-long babysitting class.

Infant and adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was one of the class requirements.

Taylor never imagined she would be asked by a 9-1-1 operator to use CPR on her grandmother.

On Sunday evening, Taylor helped her 6-year-old brother get ready for bed.

When Taylor went out 20 minutes later to say "goodnight," Mawgee was not breathing.

Taylor dialed 9-1-1, but she was not sure of the address, so the dispatcher located the house with GPS, then asked if the 11-year-old knew CPR.

Taylor obeyed the operator and began breathing into her grandmother and alternating with chest compressions.

A paramedic called Taylor's parents, as they drove down the Beeline from Payson. "I'm sorry to tell you your mother passed away, but you should be proud of your daughter. When we came in the door, she was crying and doing her chest compressions. She was not going to give up," he told Taylor's mom, Maggie Mansoor.

Paramedics told the family there had been no possibility of revival.

"If my mom had been in better health, I'm sure Taylor could have helped," Maggie said. "We thought it was just going to be a normal visit."

Maggie credits the Scottsdale police officers for their compassionate handling of the situation.

"They formed a line, so Taylor wouldn't have to see paramedics working on my mom," she said.

Still, Taylor felt as though her grandmother's death was her fault.

"No way," Taylor's mother told her. "You did more than most anyone your age could do under the circumstances."

The family asked Deputy Leonard Kerszykowski of the Gila County Sheriff's Office to help.

He came over in his T-shirt and jeans, sat on the couch and watched cartoons with Taylor and told her, "You are a very brave, very strong girl."

"I am so proud of Taylor," Maggie said. "I wish every student could learn CPR. I know the story has a sad ending, but it makes you think how important it is to learn CPR."

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