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Little sister saves big sister’s life during asthma attack

COLFAX, N.C. — Two sisters in Colfax are now even closer after one of them saved the other’s life.

A couple months ago, 18-year-old Bethany Smith woke up in the middle of the night and was having an asthma attack.

“I was trying to hook my machine up and I just couldn’t do it because I was so weak. I remember I laid down and then that’s the last thing I remember,” explains Bethany.

Krista Smith, 14, was in the next room and heard her sister struggling.

“I thought she was about to die because she was purple in the face and cold,” explains Krista.

A few weeks before Krista learned CPR at school and she knew she had to use it quickly to save her sister. Another family member called 911 and by the time help got there Bethany was responsive.

“Words can’t even describe the feeling I have for my sister for being there for me. I could not thank her enough,” explains Bethany.

The scary situation is still sinking in.

“If I wasn’t here I don’t know if she’d still be here right now,” explains Krista.

Krista says she was just doing her job as a little sister, but joked that, regardless, her big sister owes her.

On Thursday, Krista will be presented with the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit. It’s the highest award the Red Cross gives to an individual or a team. The ceremony will be at her school, Northwest Middle School.

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