It was a scary experience that turned out to have a good ending. A mother was driving home when she started having a seizure behind the wheel, but her two young sons quickly came to the rescue.
Brothers Joey Ostrum, 12, and Jaiden Laira, 9, have experienced their mother, Leigh Hancock of Warrens Wisconsin having seizures before, but it was always at home or in a safe place where they could quickly get help. It has never happened while she was driving.
Thanks to some quick thinking and team work, their mother has never been more proud and more thankful for her two little heroes.
“It's scary,” said Hancock. “You never know when it's going to happen.”
It was supposed to be just any other ordinary car ride home, but when Hancock was driving down highway 21 near Tomah last Saturday afternoon, everything suddenly went to black.
“I don't remember any of the area of where it happened,” said Hancock. “My son said I had my foot on the gas and I was still going because I stiffened up and just started shaking.”
She started having a seizure while behind the wheel.
Her two sons were sitting in the back seat.
“It was going into the other side of the road on the other side,” said Ostrum. “There was a semi coming.”
But not only was the car swerving into oncoming traffic, Hancock had one foot lodged under the brake pedal and the other stuck on the accelerator, leaving her kids to make a split-second decision on what to do.
“I couldn't press the brake so I jumped up off the seat and turned off the truck,” said Ostrum.
Ostrum then somehow managed to steer the car off of the road into a ditch.
“I stayed in the car with my mom and I told my brother to stop someone,” said Ostrum.
“I waved down a person and I told him that she was having a seizure and then he came,” said Laira.
That person was a good Samaritan by the name of Kurt, who helped the boys call 911.
“Nine-one-one dispatch what's your emergency?” asked the dispatcher.
“I'm on Highway 21, there's a women having a seizure in her vehicle,” said Kurt.
Kurt also stayed with the family until help arrived.
“Ma'am do you know what's going on?” asked Kurt on the recording. “You had a seizure. You're on the side of the road OK?”
It wasn't until later when Hancock was in the hospital that she found out just exactly what her two sons did for her.
“I was like, 'Wow,'” said Hancock. “I couldn't believe it. I was surprised that he actually wasn't in shock and he was able to take control of the situation.”
It was a scary experience for these two young heroes; one they would rather not have to face again, but are ready if they do.
“If I have to I will to help my mom,” said Ostrum.
Hancock said she's feeling absolutely fine now. She said she has a seizure disorder, but they are a rare occurrence.