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Mother Maria Geraldo and her heroic 5-year-old daughter, Isabella Rodriguez.

A courageous 5-year-old girl helped save her mother’s life earlier this month after she suffered a seizure in their Corona apartment.

According to the Fire Department (FDNY), little lifesaver Isabella Rodriguez sprang into action by calling a 911 operator at 8:36 p.m. on April 7 and remained on the line until the FDNY and police officers arrived at their apartment.

Maria Giraldo said that she was helping her daughter with her homework around 8 p.m., when she stood up and abruptly blacked out.

“All I remember was that I was sitting down doing homework … I stood up and all of a sudden, I went out of it,” said Giraldo, who suffers from epilepsy.

Giraldo told QNS that she was under a lot of stress when she experienced the seizure. She landed on her back and bumped her head, leaving a large lump.

When Giraldo awoke at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Forest Hills, she discovered Isabella’s heroic effort after an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) told her that “your daughter did a good job.”

“I believe she saved my life,” Giraldo spoke softly.

Isabella, who attends P.S. 28 in Corona, has not accepted the situation too easily, according to her mother.

“Believe it or not, she’s been very depressed,” Giraldo said. “She’s said she wants to be a doctor now to cure her mom.”

Giraldo’s recovery has been gradual but better as of late.

“You know after you get those episodes, you don’t get 100 percent until about a week or two weeks,” she said. “Once again, I’m Maria. I’m back to myself. Since yesterday, I’m 100 percent myself again,” Giraldo continued.

The mother of two has worked as a public relations agent for the Colombian Independence Day Parade on Northern Boulevard and other Hispanic organizations for 13 years.

She said that Isabella will turn 6 years old on April 23 and the family will throw a birthday party for her this weekend.

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