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5-year-old saves woman trapped in her home

J.R. Oppenheim
May 19, 2017 06:16 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. -- Imagine being trapped in your home not knowing if you would make it out alive. That’s what happened to one woman in southeastern New Mexico.

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However, it’s who the lady says saved her that comes as a surprise to many.

Patricia Cates didn’t know if she would live to see another day. The 63-year-old woman was isolated in her home, malnourished with no one to call. 

“I was dying,” she said. “My heart was racing, my head hurt and I was afraid and I knew I had to get to the door and it was very hard.”

While Cates virtually had no strength, she found the will to walk to the door with her walker. That’s when Cates said she saw a miracle.

“I looked out and I saw an angel,” Cates said. “I called out to her 'Help me' and she came.”

That angel Cates saw is 5-year-old Zoie McMillion. She was playing outside like any other day, but little did she know she'd be saving someone's life

“I went to get my grandma because she asked me to,” Zoie said.

Soon after Zoie came to the rescue, EMTs arrived and took Cates to the hospital where she was treated.

“I waved like that to get them to over here,” Zoie said.

Zoie’s family tells KOB they are more than proud of their little hero.

“It makes me feel like I am doing the right thing as a parent,” said Kenny McMillion, Zoie’s dad. “She's a hero.”

Cates said she is more than thankful for Zoie, the little girl who saved her life.

“I can't even begin to say what this little girl deserves, but she deserves for people to know that there is good out there,” she said. “There's a lot of good out there and she embodies it.”

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J.R. Oppenheim

Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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