6-Year-Old Mississippi Girl Lauded For Saving Mother Who Suffered Stroke While Driving. Bryanna Cook is a first-grade student at Fairview Elementary School in Columbus, and Lowndes County officials have passed a resolution honoring her courage, according to the Commercial Dispatch.
6-Year-Old Mississippi Girl Lauded For Saving Mother Who Suffered Stroke While Driving.On October 23, Bryanna and her mother, Yolanda Cook, were on their way to meet Bryanna’s grandmother in Preston when Cook had a stroke while driving on Mississippi Highway 21 between Shuqulak and Macon.
Bryanna snatched her mother’s smartphone as the automobile came to a halt in the woods.
“I was scared, so I called my grandmother, but my mom wouldn’t wake up,” Bryanna said on Friday.
Her granny advised her to dial 911. Bryanna initially talked with a Noxubee County dispatcher, who connected her with Latonya Malone of Lowndes County.
Bryanna then assisted Malone and first responders in Noxubee and Lowndes counties by describing her surroundings, the distance the vehicle was off the road, and the condition of her otherwise unhurt mother.
Malone said that while Bryanna was on the 911 line, she called Bryanna’s grandma on her cellphone.
“Bryanna was able to tell us where they were going, and the grandmother helped, too, because she told us around where they were at the time” based on when they left home, Malone said.
Bryanna remained on the phone and followed Malone’s directions for the next two hours, as first responders searched for the couple.
Bryanna said that she opened the doors to allow her mother to get some fresh air and that “I tapped her on the face to see if she would wake up, but she didn’t.”
According to Malone, information from Bryanna and her grandma finally led first responders to the automobile. Cook was transferred to a hospital in Macon before being sent to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo by helicopter.
Bryanna remained at the hospital with her mother until Cook was discharged on Oct. 31.
“Her teachers and the school principal were all very supportive,” she added.
“I helped my mom because I saved her,” Bryanna said. “At the hospital, I helped her get out of bed and walked with her down the hallways because I love her.”
Malone met Bryanna in person when county officials praised her.
Bryanna exemplified the principles instilled in pupils by Fairview Principal Monte Ewing-Johnson.
“The level of joy my heart felt when I learned of Bryanna’s heroism is immeasurable,” she went on to say. “Bryanna is kind, compassionate, and patient with her classmates; therefore, it is not hard to believe that she was able to call 911 and wait as she and her mom were rescued.”