As a Girl
Scout and a Safe Sitter®, one could say Gabrielle was double
prepared to deal with an emergency.
Gabrielle, 12, or "Gabby", took Safe Sitter® at her local Girl
Scout council in Georgia, where her mother, Keisha, was her
troop leader. According to Keisha, Gabby was excited to babysit and
loved being a big sister after being an only child for
However, Gabby didn't use what she'd learned to help her younger
sibling. She actually came to her mother's aid.
One summer morning, Keisha told Gabby that she wasn't feeling
well. Keisha attributed the feelings to her pregnancy so she kept
her plans to go shopping with Gabby and two-year-old son,
While in line at the pharmacy, Gabby noticed Keisha staring and
then beginning to fall. Keisha, who's had seizures for the
past five years, takes medication that typically prevents
"I knew I needed to keep her from hitting the floor," said
Gabby. She had seen one of Keisha's seizures before but this was
the first one she'd had in public.
Gabby called out for the pharmacist as she and a woman in line
helped Keisha gently to the floor. Gabby then instructed the woman
to call 911.
"I remembered to stay calm. Taking Safe Sitter® really helped me
to know who to call and what to do," said Gabby.
When EMS arrived, Gabby told them her mother's medical history,
what medications she takes, her allergies and who to call - all
while holding her younger brother. "He was so quiet and scared. I
had to hold him the whole time, Gabby said.
Keisha only remembers waking up in the ambulance. "After a
seizure, I'm missing a piece of time," said Keisha, who worried
most about her children. After the scary episode, Gabby sat in the
ambulance next to her mother and brother, who was in his car
Keisha said, "I kept saying 'I'm sorry' but it was Gabby who was
reassuring me and trying to calm me down. Afterwards, everyone who
helped told me they've never met such a young lady who was so calm
and knew what to do."