Q&A with Kyla Colomina

14-year-old Sky Ridge volunteer helped man in critical need

Posted 5/14/19

It didn't take long before Kyla Colomina had to put her skills to the test. Days after she learned how to call in a STAT at her volunteer job at Sky Ridge Medical Center, March 16, she assisted a man …

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Q&A with Kyla Colomina

14-year-old Sky Ridge volunteer helped man in critical need

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It didn't take long before Kyla Colomina had to put her skills to the test. Days after she learned how to call in a STAT at her volunteer job at Sky Ridge Medical Center, March 16, she assisted a man having stroke-like symptoms by calling in the emergency notice.

Colomina, 14, said she felt it was fate. Once doctors responded to the STAT call, they found out the man, whose identity was not released per HIPAA regulations, spoke mostly Spanish. Without an official translator on hand, Colomina, a fluent Spanish speaker with parents from Spain, followed the team into the ER to translate the man's symptoms and medical information.

The man was in safe hands, and Colomina returned to her desk at the info station. He is now reportedly in recovery.

Colomina is to be honored by Lone Tree City Council this summer.

The Lone Tree Voice sat down with Colomina to talk about her life-saving efforts and what she wants to do in life.

What was going through your head during this?

I was trying really hard to get everything translated as spot-on as possible. I didn't want to mess up some medical term and ruin the whole thing. I was just really, really focused to make sure I was listening to every word he was saying and giving him as many specific details as I could.

How good are you at Spanish?

I'm fluent. It was my first language. Both my parents are from Spain.

Were you freaked out at all?

A little. I just thought it was such a weird coincidence that as soon as they finished training me on that, I had to do it. I thought that was really weird, but I really liked the experience and thought it was cool to be able to do something like that. It kind of helped show me something I can be useful for in the hospital that someone else can't be.

How does that make you feel?

I was really proud I was able to help with that. I think it was lucky I was there when that happened. I think it was meant to happen that I was there, otherwise who knows what would've happened? I'm glad I was able to help because that's what I'm here to do.

What do you want to do in life?

I'm not exactly set what I want to do yet. I want to go to a really, really good college. My dream college would be Stanford. I think I could probably do something medical, like medical research or some kind of surgeon, but I think I could go a lot of ways. I'm also very math-oriented.

What made you want to volunteer here?

I was born here, and I heard a couple of my friends that were also volunteering here. I thought it would be a great opportunity, and since I live so close and that I was born here I thought that made for an interesting thing to do.

I wanted to volunteer somewhere because I thought it would be good to get all that work experience, but in a different kind of environment. And to learn a bunch of new skills like thinking on your feet and all that. I thought it would be really helpful.

I think it's an awesome opportunity and I'm just thankful for it.

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