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Toddler calls for help, saves grandma in Black Hills

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KEYSTONE (AP) — A 2-year-old who's been practicing her words quickly came up with exactly what to say after her great-grandmother fell.

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Little "Izzy" McLain reacted calmly and called for help when she saw Esther Zimmerman, 83, go down in the upstairs of the Big Thunder Gold Mine tourist attraction in Keystone, Sandi McLain, Zimmerman's daughter, told the Rapid City Journal.

"She saw that she was passed out and bleeding and she went down to the top of the stairs and yelled 'Help, help! My grandma fell and needs help,'" McLain recalled Tuesday.

Chris Conaway, a guide at the business, responded to Izzy's call, found Zimmerman on the ground unconscious and bleeding, and called 911.

McLain, the owner of Big Thunder Gold Mine, was working downstairs in the gift shop and was not aware anything was wrong until she heard the ambulance pull up.

McLain said her mother blacked out, fell and hit her head on an antique cabinet. Zimmerman's arm hit one of the porcelain knobs and it gave her two incisions in her arm that went all the way to the bone and required nearly 50 stitches. "It just ripped her arm apart," McLain said.

Doctors said Zimmerman was dehydrated.

When McLain saw her granddaughter the next morning, she told Izzy how proud she was.

"I shook her hand and I said, 'Izzy I'm shaking your hand because you saved great grandma's life,'" McLain said. "She just stuck her chest out and smiled. It's amazing that she knew what to do. She is just a very smart little girl."

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