A five-year-old boy and Amazon’s Alexa are credited with saving a mother’s life in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Last week, Jasmine Spann suffered an epileptic seizure, and her son, Tyrion, used the smart device to call his grandmother for help.
According to WPVI, Natalie Neal set up Alexa so that Tyrion could call her whenever he wanted. The grandmother tells WPVI that it was one of the best decisions she ever made.
″I just thought for, you know, him to tell me, ‘Hey grandmom, I love you. Hey Gigi, I love you,’″ Neal said.
A week and a half later, Spann suffered what Neal describes as one of the worst epileptic seizures she’s ever had. When Tyrion realized his mom was unconscious, he used Alexa to call his grandmother.
″I thought he was laughing or joking and it turns out he was crying,″ Neal told WPVI. ″I’m telling him to calm down and he told me he couldn’t wake his mom up. So, of course, being her mom, my heart kind of fell to the ground a little bit.″
″As a parent with a child who has epilepsy, who lives on her own, that’s a call I didn’t want to get because it could mean anything,″ she said. ″It could literally mean anything.″
Through the call, Neal helped calm Tyrion while she called 911 to get first responders at her daughter’s house. Tyrion told WPVI he was “scared,” but was able to open the door for first responders once they reached his home.
Now that her daughter is doing well following the incident, Neal is reminded of the power of technology.
″I’m old school, so we were trained to call 911,” Neal explained to WPVI. “And I think in current times, our children have to learn how to use Alexa, the technology, to their advantage.”