Woman suffers stroke shopping with grand kid; experts push app to help kids learn 911

Published: Aug. 22, 2017 at 9:56 PM CDT
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A local grandmother is back on her feet after a scary medical situation she encountered while out shopping with her four-year-old granddaughter.

Her situation led Action 2 News to wonder, at what age should kids learn how to use a smart phone for emergency situations?

Experts say it’s never too early to start teaching kids how to respond in an emergency.

It's been about a year since 59-year-old Margie Muck suffered a stroke while grocery shopping with her 4-year-old granddaughter.

“I got her booted up in the car then my leg started acting funny, like I didn't have control,” said Muck.

Muck decided against driving and called her daughter to take her home.

“I thought it was just, something like the flu or something,” said Muck.

Instead, her daughter took her to the emergency room at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, where they learned Muck suffered a hemorrhagic stroke caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm.

With Aurora BayCare Medical Center's comprehensive stroke center, doctors were able to quickly help Muck.

“We go with a catheter through a very small cut in the side of the leg, go through the femoral artery and we thread the catheter to the vessel of the head and we try to stuff or back the aneurysm,” said Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, Interventional Neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Muck hopes sharing her story, encourages others to listen to their bodies when something doesn’t feel right, but Dr. Darkhabani says everyone’s symptoms are different when suffering a stroke.

“Some patients might become comatose or go into a coma,” said Dr. Darkhabani.

If that were the case for Muck, she would have been stranded with her granddaughter. So at what age should kids learn to get help via a smart phone?

“I would say as soon as possible,” said Kimberly Hess, Executive Director of Center of Childhood Safety. “As soon as they start to comprehend stuff you want to start teaching them.”

“I would say every couple weeks go through your address and all safety stuff with your kids,” said Hess. “The more they hear it, the more likely they are to remember it.”

Unfortunately, an app we featured called DialSafe Pro is no longer available and has actually been canceled by the developers. The Center for Childhood Safety is looking into it and is hoping to find a new, similar app we can share with you shortly. We apologize for the confusion.