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Stacey Wester was sitting on the steps in front of her home watching her two children Ember,7, and Dalton, 9, play when she suffered an epileptic seizure.
In a matter of seconds, the children realized the situation was serious and changed into real-life action heroes.
Ember told Dalton to alert a neighbor across the street to come help while she called 9-1-1 and calmly gave a detailed report to operator Shannon Hutson.
“These are two young people who did a special thing,” said Levy County Sheriff's Sgt. Max Long, during a presentation of the “Sheriff's Bravey Award” to the youngsters.
“Because of Staey's good parenting, when Ember called 9-1-1 and Shannon Hudson answered, she (Ember) gave her all the information they needed.”
Hutson praised Ember, saying: “It's rare that I am even able to talk to adults as they call … because they are screaming … and crying.”
Hutson said Ember was calm and provided good information on her mother. When the neighbor arrived he wanted to take over on the phone, but Ember calmly said no, she was not finished telling the dispatcher everything she needed to know. Hutson said the information made it easier for the Emercengy Medical Services ambulance crew to be prepared when they arrived.
Ember attributes her maturity in handling the situation to a higher power than her mom.
“Because we have God with us and God told me how to handle it,” she said. Ember said she knew the situation was serious because usually when her mother feels a seizure coming on she asks the children to contact their grandparents. “Usually I call PaPa or Nana if she is not bleeding or turning blue.”
The children's mother said Ember acted correctly. “She made a good judgement call.” Wester said while her twin's epilepsy can be controlled with medications, hers is not controllable.
“By the time the ambulance got there I was fine,” Wester said. “I just wish more people understood so people don't panic when they see a person have a seizure.”
Her father, William “PaPa” Wester agreed. “There's no reason to panic. I just wish I could get that information out there.”