Unlikely heroPublished 9:24pm Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Alexander City resident Kelly Brooks had just picked her daughter Moneá up from Radney School last Wednesday when the pair headed to Walmart for a routine shopping trip.
But when Brooks had a seizure while pulling into the parking lot, it was up to Moneá to save the day and ensure her mother received the medical attention she needed.
The fifth-grader acted quickly, managing to get their manual-shift vehicle parked and make phone calls to 911, her father, grandmother and pastor.
“We were pulling into the Walmart parking lot and all of a sudden my mama stopped talking to me,” Moneá said. “She felt like she had a heavy head and she slightly passed out … I didn’t know what to do so I tried to call my grandmother but she didn’t answer so I called 911.”
After calling 911, Moneá then called her pastor, the Rev. Donald DeLee from West End Baptist Church, and her father, Corey Brooks, who was at work.
“Her dad was coming from Honda – he works in Lincoln – so she knew he was too far way to help, and so she waited to call her dad till after she called the others,” said Brooks’ mother, Janie Champion, who was picking up another grandchild from school. “Her pastor met her right at the hospital, so she wasn’t by herself that way, so it was a smart thing to do.”
Moneá said she talked to her mother – telling her it was going to be OK – until the ambulance arrived and transported them to Russell Medical Center.
“They then sent (Brooks) to Baptist Montgomery South where she stayed until Friday and she’s going back (Thursday) for more tests,” Champion said.
Champion said Brooks did not have a medical history of seizures.
Moneá admitted she was scared during the incident and said she was glad her 5-year-old sister, Nadia, was not there to see it all unfold.
“I just knew what to do because at school and everything they say if you’re ever in an emergency to always call 911,” Moneá said. “Right then I knew just to call for someone to help. It was the first time she’s ever done that.”
Champion said she was thankful for the ACPD’s quick response.
“She was very thankful when that policeman showed up,” Champion said. “And the dispatcher listened and took her seriously – that’s important.”
Moneá said she would like to thank the Alexander City Police Department, the Alexander City Fire Department EMT personnel and Russell Medical Center for helping both her and her mother the day of the incident.
“They helped me out a lot,” she said. “I’m just glad my mama’s home.”