mom2bee Posted July 22, 2012 Share Posted July 22, 2012 During finals week at my school (for the main summer term) a student had a seizure in the study hall. Only one young woman noticed him and she began saying "Can someone call 911 for him, he's having a seizure." but at first no one noticed her, I heard her but it took me a moment to realize what she was saying as I'm hard of hearing. Finally she pointed to the guy having a seizure and I saw what she was saying. I am prone to panicking really, really badly so I just got the attention of someone else, a school tutor who was nearby and told him the guy was having a seizure. About 13 people stood around watching and several of them had cell phones in their hands. NO ONE DIALED 911. Finally the receptionist returned to her desk and dialed someone. Not one of the STUDENTS made a move to help the young man by calling on their cellphones. Not one. I was honestly disgusted with the lot of them. I do not HAVE a cell phone so I went to the lobby where there is a courtesy phone and phoned both 911 and campus police. However, even though my school is across the street from a fire dept. and campus police are right there on campus, it still took several minutes for anyone to show up. I was more than a little panicked that someones child might be spasming to death in the midst of gawking strangers.I am assuming that no one knew what to do in that situation, I certainly have no idea how to help someone in that type of situation. Whenever someone collapses, the best I can do is run for help. Some of the specialists (tutors above the regular tutors who have school authority) came to the young mans aid. I think they laid him down. (he was spasming in his chair before I called and when I got back he was lying down, still spasming.) someone was using a folder to fan him. I'm now looking into becoming a certified first responder. If that had been my brother seizing on the ground, I'd have wanted someone--anyone, to help him. As far as I know the young man was fine in the end, I think he both passed out and came to at school, by the time he came to EMT's were there and I think someone took his cell phone and called his mom. I know they put a cuff on his arm (blood pressure?), asked him some questions and looked in his eyes. As far as I know, he refused the ambulance and went home with his family... I do not know what caused the seizure and I believe he is going to be just fine... Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? What should some one have done to help him until emergency technicians arrived? I know this sounds selfish of me, but I don't want to continuously be useless in these types of situations, if something truly devastating such as death or brain-dead state had come out of this situation, I'd have felt bad for the rest of my life knowing that I did NOTHING to help. This is the 4th time I've been around when someone needed help.. My grandfather collapsed, a friend had a psychotic break (we didn't know she was manic bipolar before hand) a woman fainted in the library and now a student had a seizure at school.... It being the weekend, I can't get in touch with my local chapter of the Red Cross until tomorrow sometime... Sorry for rambling, I guess I just feel guilty about not doing anything and sad for the young man and a little sorry for my self.... I tried telling my sisters about this but they seem to think I'm over reacting... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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