A convenience store clerk helped save a baby’s life after her mother had a seizure March 13.
Surveillance videos show the mother checking out at the counter while holding the baby before she began having a seizure, KUSA reports.
Right when the mother fell, Rebecca Montano quickly grabbed the child.
Montano said she immediately felt something was wrong when she saw a glazed look on the customer’s face.
“I wasn’t sure, I felt uneasy about it. I was asking her, 'Is everything ok?' I grabbed the baby’s arm and she started to sway, she wouldn’t answer me. She was just lost in space, so I thought I better take the baby, something doesn’t feel right,” Montano explained.
That’s when things went from bad to worse.
“And then right there she started to fall and I wasn’t sure still exactly what was going on, so I yelled at [a nearby] customer that was in the store [for help]. She fell, I came back, grabbed the phone [and] called 911,” Montano added.
Yet while many praise her for the act of bravery, Montano doesn’t view this as heroism. She says she also felt bad for not saving the mother from her fall.
“I think being a mother, being a grandmother, my first instinct was the baby,” Montano said. “I just wanted to save the baby from getting hurt; if she would’ve fallen with the baby in her arms, who knows where that baby would’ve landed?”
Spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Susan Hagar, says these kind of things happen far more often than people realize.
"In this case, the store clerk responded appropriately despite [not having] any specific knowledge or training," Hagar said. "People who live with seizures not only have to deal with the medication issues, but also a pervasive stigma fueled by misinformation and misconceptions about the disorder."
According to The Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have epilepsy. Around three million of those reside in the United States.
“About 1 out of 3 people with epilepsy live with uncontrolled seizures because no available treatment works for them,” the foundation adds.