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3-year-old saves her mom

September 10, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

It's a mystery how 3-year-old Kelsey Morgan knew just what to do Wednesday morning when her mom passed out in their Spruce Street home.

But wherever she picked it up, she saved the day, first by standing on a chair to open two complicated locks on the front door, then running to a neighbor and telling her "my mom had a seizure."

Help was summoned and Lori Socks got the treatment she needed, first from Community Rescue Service and then at Washington County Hospital where she was diagnosed with an anxiety attack and sent home.

"This turned into a neighborhood event," said Justin Mayhue, the Washington County 911 dispatcher who took the call at 10:47 a.m. from a woman who lives across the street from Lori Socks.

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Neither Socks nor her next-door neighbor, Stacy Bump, has a telephone so Bump had to run across the street to another neighbor who then called 911.

That neighbor let Bump take her cordless phone across the street to help the 911 dispatcher figure out what was wrong with Socks.

"I was getting ready for work and I remember getting a headache, my chest felt tight and then I was out," Socks said. She fell just outside the bathroom door, right at the top of the stairs.

Kelsey found her mom in the hallway and went into action.

"I am prone to epilepsy but I haven't passed out in a long time," Socks said. "Nonetheless, Kelsey and I had talked about what to do if she ever found mommy and couldn't wake her."

Socks believes Kelsey may have also learned about 911 from watching television.

"Plus we have the irony of our address on Spruce Street being 911 - it's easy for Kelsey to remember that number," Socks said.

Mayhue learned of Kelsey's involvement after talking with Bump on the phone. Later he learned Socks' address was 911 and pointed out that today is Saturday, Sept. 11 or 9-1-1, a day when the emergency system in use throughout the country is highlighted.

At her grandmother Shirley Morgan's house Friday, Kelsey didn't seem to know what being a hero was all about. But she was able to repeat what she told her neighbor when she went next door on Wednesday.

"I said, mommy needs help ... she had a seizure," the child repeated shyly.

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