Four-year-old Brighton Bryson saved her grandmother's life Nov. 18. Brighton was visiting her grandparents for the weekend and her grandmother, LeAnn Bryson, was doing some work in her office when she passed out.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Four-year-old Brighton Bryson saved her grandmother’s life Nov. 18. Brighton was visiting her grandparents for the weekend and her grandmother, LeAnn Bryson, was doing some work in her office when she passed out.
“It was around noon,” LeAnn said. “We had just moved back into our home. I was working in my office and my granddaughter was in her room. I got up from my chair to check on her and that’s the last thing I remember.”
Brighton, a Dale Elementary student, was able to use her grandmother’s cell phone and call for help.
“I let her play on my phone from time to time,” the grandmother said. “I put pictures of her dad and sisters with their numbers. We had called people before so she could talk to them. So she knew how to call. This time she called for help. She called her sister and her sister called a neighbor who was an Registered Nurse.”
After Brighton made the call to her sister, Kailyn Isbell, she stayed on the phone with her until help arrived.
When LeAnn’s neighbor, Jalena Criss, arrived she was found unresponsive. Member’s of the McLoud Fire Department, REACT and several family members all came to LeAnn’s aid.
“The folks at REACT were so nice,” LeAnn said. “They worked hard to try and get me stable before we left. They were a lot of young people who were well trained. They did a great job.”
LeAnn is thankful her granddaughter knew how to use the phone and call for help.
“It is so important for kids to know how to make a phone call,” LeAnn said. “They play on the phone all the time but having pictures associated with the numbers. Especially in the trauma situation all she had to do was touch the picture.”
LeAnn was transported to St. Anthony Shawnee where she was released. She had an appointment with a cardiologist and is awaiting the results of further testing.
Thanks to Brighton’s quick response, LeAnn was able to get help and was able to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Above all, LeAnn is thankful for her granddaughter’s initiative.
“She’s so intelligent,” LeAnn Bryson said. “She was terrified that she had lost me. She knew she was calling for help and was worried about me when they were taking me in an ambulance. When she found out I was alright, we made sure she could see me. When she did see me, she jumped in my arms and gave me a big hug.”