BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- A toddler is alive and improving after falling three stories, thanks to the heroics of a neighbor in high school who knew what to do. Ashley Giron, 18, is being hailed as a hero after she swiftly and decisively applied her lifesaving training that came from unorthodox sources.
The emergency happened around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. That's when Giron, who was in her family's first floor apartment in the same building as the little girl, heard the screams of the girl's mother.
"I told my grandma to call 911," Giron said in an interview on Thursday, "And I just left."
"I automatically ran outside," she continued, where she found the little girl's mother "screaming, 'My baby. my baby!'" Giron said. "And the [neighbor] Maria who was here before me...puts her on the floor. We checked for her pulse and there was nothing."
Giron did CPR on the two year old immediately. "And a few seconds after, she gasped for air and started breathing again," Giron told PIX11 News.
Minutes later, EMTs arrived to stabilize the girl, Nyjeana Civil, 2. She had somehow managed to get over a window guard and fall from the third story window of her apartment on 44th Street onto the brick walk below.
After she fell, "I was giving her mouth to mouth," Giron said, "and I was also pressing against her chest."
When Nyjeana began breathing, "It was a weight off my shoulders, everybody's [shoulders]," said Giron. "We all assumed she was gone. Hearing her mother screaming and yelling, it was all overwhelming."
Thanks to the young woman's quick thinking and training, her toddler neighbor is alive, although with a fractured skull and other serious injuries. Still, because of her teenage neighbor, who will next year go to college to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian, little Nyjeana is alive.
Her life saver said she'd learned her CPR methods from unlikely sources. "Honestly, I would read some stuff online, and also TV a little bit, soap operas," said Giron. "Mostly through the Internet. When I get curious about something, I gather all this information," she continued. "It's important because I used it and put it to the test."
Obviously, it worked. Ashley is now being hailed as a hero, or to be gender specific, a heroine, but not yet by Nyjeana Civil's family. They're still at the hospital, caring for their daughter.
Her recovery is where the quick thinking young woman, whose teachers call her a hero, is focusing her energies now. "I don't really care what they call me," Giron told PIX11 News. "I just care for the girl."
Prior to saving her life, Giron had only known Nyjeana by sight, when she'd catch a glimpse of the girl in the building courtyard. Now, Giron says she wants to "hug her and know that she's okay, and her mother too. I want to talk to her and see how she's doing, too."