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Girl's 911 Call Gets Help to Unconscious Mom

Posted December 17, 2007
Updated December 18, 2007

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— A 6-year-old called 911 Friday morning to summon help for her mother, who fell unconscious while getting her children ready for school, police said.

Heavyn Gibson, a student at E.E. Miller Elementary School, spoke calmly with emergency dispatcher Chanieca Hudson for several minutes until first responders arrived at her house.

"My mommy told me (what to do)," Heavyn said, explaining how she kept her composure through the ordeal.

Charity Gibson was diagnosed this year with a seizure disorder. After her diagnosis, she said, she repeatedly instructed Heavyn on how to call 911 and talk with dispatchers in case a medical emergency ever occurred.

Eric Gibson Sr., Charity's husband and Heavyn's father, is deployed with the Army in Afghanistan.

Heavyn was able to give her address and follow Hudson's directions when asked to check if her mother, Charity Gibson, was breathing and to unlock the door for the first responders, police said.

"For her to actually remember to not just call 911, but to call 911, stay calm, speak clearly, know the address, I'm very proud of her," Gibson said. "I'm very grateful to her, to God, because he was definitely in our house."

She was treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and released. If paramedics hadn't arrived, she said, she would have come out of the seizure eventually.

Gibson said she and her 4-year-old son toured Cumberland County's emergency operations center three weeks ago as part of a Head Start class trip. That experience reinforced her belief that her children should know how to respond to emergencies, she said.

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  • down by the pond Dec 18, 2007

    This is what every parent hopes will happen in case of a crisis,, my hat is off to mom,,,,we should all take note of this teaching our childen the "how tos".

    Happy holidays.

  • mrr03 Dec 18, 2007

    Great job...You are a blessing to your family..

  • UpwardlyMobile Dec 18, 2007

    Wow, I have tears in my eyes. Six years old! She really handled that situation well. I know she's proud of her father in Afghanistan but he is going to be soooooooo proud of her when he gets this news.

  • PrayerWorks Dec 18, 2007

    Thank God that somebody is giving God the credit for what has happend, it was through God that Heaven did what she did. Her mother taught her what to do in a case like this, and God gave her the widsom to carry it out. So many times we say, that they are lucky to be a live, "NO" they are blessed because it was God that got them to that point. To God be the Glory for the great, great things he has done and will continue to do in the lives of people who beleive and put their trust in him. "Way to go
    Heaven"

  • sunflowerbubbles Dec 18, 2007

    That is so awesome! Merry Christmas to this family! May their dad/husband come home safe! Good to hear a positive story! Good Job Heavyn!

  • koolady Dec 18, 2007

    Lovely story, lovely girl.

  • Heavensent Dec 18, 2007

    Finally some positive news. Thank God for Heaven!!!!

  • wolfpackfan15 Dec 18, 2007

    Way to go Heaven! You did a great job saving your mother, not many kids would have done that well. I think you should be very proud of yourself, I'm sure your parents are!

    These are definitely important things for a child to know, you never know what might happen and they will need to know.

    Again Way to go Heaven, everybody give it up for Heaven!

  • chfdcpt Dec 18, 2007

    Way to go Heavyn. I am very proud of what you did. As a retired fire captain and currently working at a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator, I taught my children to dial 9-1-1, our address and phone number.

    I have taken some calls from kids that new their address, and were able to call for help when they needed it.

    Please, take the time to teach your kids how to call 9-1-1, and also to know their address, home number and parents name. If they get lost, they can always tell an emergency worker their address.

  • islandgirl Dec 18, 2007

    THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS SO BRAVE, MOM YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB ON PARENTING. HEAVEN SAVED HER MOTHER, THIS BROUGHT HAPPY TEARS TO MY EYES... AND THE POLICE DISPATCHER, WAS WONDERFUL, AND CALM, AND WAS VERY PATIENT WITH HEAVEN...GREAT JOB HEAVEN YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, IM VERY PROUD OF YOU TOO AND MOM FOR GREAT PARENTING, THAT SAVED HER LIFE...... MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.....

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