Desley Butler
Desley Butler

Drivers ignore girl’s seizure, desperate wave of mum

FEAR gripped Yeppoon's Desley Butler on Saturday as she looked in the rear vision mirror and saw her granddaughter having a seizure on the back seat.

Young Chloe's eyes were rolling back in her head and she was convulsing violently.

Desley pulled her car off Yeppoon Rd.

She got Chloe, 4, out of the car and laid her in the recovery position on the grass. By this stage, the girl's little body was limp and she was unresponsive.

Desperate for help, Desley started waving frantically at passing motorists in the hope someone would stop.

Minutes ticked by and numerous cars drove past before a man, travelling in the opposite direction, stopped and ran over to see what was happening.

He used Desley's phone to call the ambulance and relayed the operator's messages to Desley, who was monitoring Chloe to ensure her airways remained open.

Two women also stopped at the scene before the ambulance arrived.

Recounting the ordeal yesterday, Desley said she was eternally grateful to the three kind strangers but was amazed at the number of people who drove past.

"I was appalled," she said. "Surely they could see a child lying there by the road.

"I pray to the Lord that this never happens to them but if it does I hope someone will stop and lend a hand.

"What has happened to society? Do people just not care? I think I've lost a bit of respect for humanity."

Desley said her years of medical training deserted her in that moment.

"I am a trained nurse but that all goes out the window when it is your loved one," she said.

Chloe, who has no history of seizures, was taken by ambulance to Rockhampton Hospital before being transferred to the Mater.

She had a temperature of 39.8 degrees, which doctors said had caused the febrile convulsions. She was released on Sunday.


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