One Melissa family got the scare of a lifetime. Melissa resident Rachel Bruner picked up her three-year-old daughter Naylea like any other normal afternoon. Bruner said Naylea seemed fine, but things turned scary once they arrived home.


“Naylea was complaining about her stomach and legs hurting,” Bruner said. Thinking the aches might be growing pains, Bruner started getting ready for work while keeping a vigilant eye on her daughter.


Bruner said Naylea began crying and running a 102.9 fever. The worried mom asked the toddler if she wanted to go to the doctor, and that is when things got terrifying. “I didn’t get a response, and her fingers fell out of her mouth and she went limp,” Bruner said.


At first, Bruner assumed Naylea fell asleep, but as she readjusted, she saw something she wishes she could forget. “I saw one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen as a mom, her eyes were empty, and she was staring past me.”


Bruner then called 911 and began screaming at her daughter, trying to get a response. She had no luck and noticed the toddler was barely breathing; turning blue.


“Dispatch somehow got the address out of me and that was all they needed because they heard me screaming at my daughter to wake up,” Bruner said.


The dispatch operator transferred Bruner to another person who began to calm her down enough to ask her questions. While on the phone, Naylea threw up the blue cupcakes she had at daycare. Bruner said she was thankful her daughter chose blue. “Had she picked the red cupcake, they would have needed an ambulance for me.”


After confirming that Bruner knew how to do mouth to mouth, she did a breathing assessment. Bruner said at that moment, the police arrived. “The officer scooped her up and put her back on the bed and was talking to her,” Bruner said. “She was extremely lethargic but was breathing.”


Most likely as a distraction, the officer asked Bruner to go outside and wait for the fire department.


Hearing her daughter cry was the best noise Bruner had heard all day. “I didn’t want her to hurt, but after what we had just been through and her being unresponsive, her cries brought happy tears to my eyes.”


Naylea was diagnosed with the flu and strep throat and the seizures caused febrile seizures. Bruner said as an epileptic, it was eye-opening to watch when somebody had a non-shaking seizure.


Bruner said one of the EMTs even returned to her daughter’s room after another emergency to check on Naylea.


The entire experience was terrifying and humbling at the same time, Bruner said. The care shown to her daughter by the first responders and the patience with Bruner to keep her calm is proof that not all superheroes wear capes.


Bruner wanted to give thanks to all involved. Even though it was a hectic time, she remembered a few of the responders. “The first police on the scene was Officer Dave Weand of the Melissa PD,” Bruner said. “The captain of the fire department was Kelton Brewer, even though I’m not positive he was there. David Weimer was on the scene, one named Mabry and one named Paul.”