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Girl, 10, honored for using sign language to help deaf crash victimLENEXA, Kan. —A 10-year-old girl who learned sign language from her mother was honored Monday for putting it to use in an unexpected way.
Earlier this month, Yesenia Diosdado saw a Johnson County Med-Act ambulance crew helping a woman injured in a car crash. She said the woman appeared to be deaf, so she ran over to help the medics communicate with her.
"I saw that she was signing, so I decided to go help," Diosdado said. "I was really nervous."
Johnson County Med-Act Capt. Chris Winger surprised Diosdado Monday with a medal and certificate of thanks at Rising Star Elementary School.
"It was awesome," Winger said. "(It's) kind of nice in today's world to have someone so young have such a huge impact."
He said the injured woman was able to get to a hospital much faster because of Diosdado's help.
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Girl Honored for Helping Paramedics Through SigningLENEXA, KS – (WLNS) – Paramedics are praising a 10-year-old girl for her communication help after a car crash.
Yesenia Diosdado was playing outside with a friend when she remembers hearing a “weird sound.” She wanted to go look and see what the sound was. When she checked, she saw a car accident and noticed paramedics were having trouble communicating with an injured woman.
Diosdado quickly came to the rescue and put her sign language skills to the test. She was able to communicate with the injured woman and help paramedics learn which hospital the woman wanted to go to. The woman was not seriously injured.
“We would not have been able to establish what her injuries were without significant delays of having to establish another means of communication,” said Chris Winger of Johnson County, KS Med-Act.
Diosdado’s mother started teaching her sign language when she was only a year old. Her mother says she told her children “even if you may never use it, the importance of sign language is everywhere.”
Paramedics honored the girl at her school with a certificate and medal.