Toddler calls 911 after Arnold mother suffers seizure

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ARNOLD, MO (KPLR) - One important lesson a parent can teach their child is how to stay calm and call 911 in an emergency. For one local mother she is lucky that her three-year-old was able to do just that because it saved her life.

Ethan's mom, Ashley Rice, has epilepsy. She takes medication to keep her seizures in check, but had forgotten to take her medicine when she collapsed in her Arnold home around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday .

"I went up to do the dishes in the kitchen and I started to black out and I fell down on the living room floor. The next thing I knew, the paramedics were here. So Ethan must have pushed my phone. My speed dial is set to '3' so if you push '3' down it calls 9-1-1," Ashley said.

Just two months earlier, Ashley had suffered another seizure and showed her young son what to do in an emergency. Within 10 minutes of her collapse, paramedics arrived while a Jefferson County dispatcher kept Ethan on the line.

"I'm so proud of him because if something would have happened, like I hit my head on the table, I could have gotten hurt. Luckily, it wasn't completely awful, but he could have saved my life." said Ashley Rice.

For now, he'll go back to being your typically inquisitive three-year-old.