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Man Honored for coming to the rescue of a girl, 5

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TYLER (KYTX) - Most people can't say their neighbor is their hero, but one east Texas family can say that. That neighbor's self-less actions played a key role in keeping one five year old girl alive.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey was there as smith county commissioners presented the neighbor a "Community Hero Award."

Five-year-old Ammaiyah Warren is great at cheerleading and playing basketball.

"I can shoot it with one hand."

But dribbling is her favorite.

Aside from a small feeding tube, no one would guess a month ago this lively kid had an major medical emergency and ended up in a Dallas hospital.

"She started having a seizure in my arms," said her mother Jasmine Taylor.

Taylor said her daughter has an immune disease that affects all of her muscles.
 
Around 6:00 a.m. February 16th, while eating breakfast, preparing for a cheer competition, Ammaiyah started throwing up, then she stopped breathing. After calling 911, mom looked to her neighbor for help.

"I was just beating on the door...he didn't ask anything, he immediately took her from me and started  doing CPR on the phone with EMS," said Taylor.

"I was just trying to help out best I could," said Antonio Henderson. He's the man being honored for being a community hero.

Henderson's background in healthcare and future career plans of becoming an RN gave him the knowledge to act.

Now smith county commissioners are giving him something in return:The Community Hero Award.

He was formally presented the honor while commissioners and family members stood by his side.

"I just jumped in and started helping," Henderson said.

Everything was a blur. Henderson said he lost track of time. His job was to do all he could until paramedics arrived.

When Ammaiyah started breathing, she was taken to Trinity Mother Frances, then flown to Dallas.

This little dribbler is doing much better, and her mother say's she'll forever be indebted to her community hero.

"Everyday I see him, and he's  done this for my daughter it's like I owe him my life."

Ammaiyah spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. For most of that time, she was on a ventilator and in ICU. Despite her feeding tube, she has recently been able to eat regularly.

As for the hero, in addition to studying to be an RN, for the past five years, he's worked in hospice care.

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