Girl's 911 Call Gets Help to Unconscious Mom
Posted December 17, 2007 5:58 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2007 6:56 p.m. EST
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.