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Bees attack grandmother, little girl gets help

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

A 4-year-old girl is being called a hero for saving her grandmother's life. An aggressive swarm of bees was attacking her grandmother, and this little girl pushed a life line button and called for help.

The little girl's name is Whitney Chrisman and she was the only one home with her grandmother Tuesday morning.

She was watching cartoons when she looked out the window and saw that her grandma needed help

"I saw bees and I heard bzzz," says Whitney.

Whitney knew her grandmother was in trouble and she knew exactly what do next. She went straight for her grandma's life line button.

"I talked to this thing that talked… I told her that grandma needed help," she says. "They said help is on the way."

Grandma Betty was stung multiple times all over her face and body outside her home near 59th Avenue and Northern. Whitney's mom saw her briefly at the hospital.

"Around and inside her nose and inside her mouth is just black, covered with bee stings," says Whitney's mom Cindy Chrisman.

Glendale firefighters encountered swarms of bees all over the neighborhood. Some of the largest were at the home behind Whitney's.

"The gentleman that lives there is a bee keeper. We located four large boxes of bees in his backyard. At first he was uncooperative with us," says Michael Young, Glendale Fire Department.

Firefighters say some of the bees appeared to be Africanized honey bees. They were so aggressive it took crews hours to get the situation under control. Wearing protective gear, they sprayed the hives with foam.

Whitney's mom is pretty angry.

"I had no idea there were bees that close to me, 10 feet out of my backyard where my kids play," says Cindy Chrisman.

She's just glad her daughter did what she had trained her to do in an emergency.

"I know for a fact she saved her grandmother's life," says Young.

Grandma Betty is in intensive care on a ventilator. The next 24 hours are crucial.

The beekeeper is looking at possible fines for violating property laws in addition to running a commercial business out of his home. Africanized bees are considered a more aggressive breed than European honeybees.

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