With Safety CD, Girl Saves Mom

Before you tell your kids to turn down that music, you might want to pay attention to the story of a little girl in Colorado Springs who learned a potentially life saving lesson from a CD.

As The Early Show correspondent Melinda Murphy found out in this week's "Wonderful Person," you don't have to be Wonder Woman or Bat Girl to be a hero.

Five-year-old Jasmine was playing in her room when her mom suddenly got very sick and nobody else was home.

"I was listening to my CD," Jasmine says. "And then I saw my mom on the floor and then I called 911 because she was having a seizure."

Jasmine's mom, Madeline, has epilepsy, and has suffered through many seizures. Usually her husband or oldest daughter is around to help. But not this time.

"She fell right here," Jasmine shows Murphy.

This time, Jasmine had to come to the rescue all by herself

"I went 911," Jasmine explains.

The following is an excerpt of the call:

Jasmine: Hello

Operator: This is Colorado Springs 911. Do you have an emergency?

Jasmine: My mom is having a seizure.


Tim DeLeon and John Bajza were among the firefighters who responded.

DeLeon says, "On our first contact, she said, 'I knew what to do because I had a CD.' After we started stabilizing mom, she ran to her room and proceeded to play it for us as loud as she could."

That CD is called "The Safety Hop," and it teaches safety through songs. Coincidentally, it's the very CD Jasmine had been listening to when her mom was having the seizure.

The song goes, "Call 911 whenever there is trouble."

Recorded by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the music is intentionally fun . With titles like "Under The Bad Smoke," "Buckled-Up," and one of Jasmine's favorites: "Call 911," sung to the tune of "My Boyfriend's Back."

Jasmine agrees the songs are very usuful.

"Yea," she says, "Because they help me take care of my family."

Jasmine got the CD at school, part of a safety program developed by the local fire department.

Orlen Weaver runs the program, taking a special trailer from school to school to teach kids about safety.

How important is it to teach 911 to a child?

"I think it's really important," Weaver says. "Most kids from 5 and up know it. I talked to a group of 4-year-olds today, and one or two, had heard that and had an idea."

Weaver ends each session by handing out the CDs. He was the one who gave Jasmine her copy.

"When I heard that," he says. "I was thrilled to death because I had just seen her five days before her mother needed her help. And it was the firefighters who contacted me to tell me. And this tells me that what I'm doing is worthwhile. It's making a difference. Needless to say, it was pretty exciting."

The Oteros agree.

"I was so proud of her," Madeline Otero says. "I was happy that she did that because that shows right there that she will take care of mommy."

Jasmine loves the CD for its music. In fact, even before all this happened, it was one of her favorite toys - a toy with a valuable lesson.

To other 5-year-olds, she says, "Whenever you have trouble or your mom's having a seizure, you just need to call this number, 911."

The Colorado Springs fire department estimates that it has handed out more than 25,000 "Safety Hop" CDs.

For more information about Weaver's Smoke Trailer please call (719)385-7366.
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