New Hartford Teen Saves Mom Who Has Seizure While Driving
A New Hartford teen is a hero after saving his mother's life. Tammy Kilborne suffered a seizure while driving and her son Gage kept his cool to come to her rescue.
Tammy and Gage were heading to swim camp at Colgate when the seizure struck. "I noticed the car drifting into the other lane and I heard her gurgle," says Gage. "When I looked over her hands were off the wheel and she was having seizure while driving.
The car was travelling at 55 miles an hour and Gage, who is only 15 years-old managed to get it stopped. "I tried to shout out her name but nothing happened. So I steered the car into a ditch to stop it moving."
Gage crawled out of the car after the air bags deployed to flag down a car for help. "The woman called 911 and the man went to the car to help my mom. Then I started calling family members.
I went to Boy Scouts but it was a flight or fight response. It was like I don't think I need to die just yet
After responders were called and family members notified, Gage let the severity of the moment sink in. "My emotions were held in until I talked to my dad then all those emotions came out. I just broke down."
The Boy Scouts get some credit for helping Gage take control of the situation. "I went to Boy Scouts but it was a flight or fight response. It was like I don't think I need to die just yet."
Tammy gets better with each passing day. "I got some memory issues," she explains. "I get timelines and chronological things out of order. I get tired. My stamina is poor."
The memory of the seizure and rescue is blank for Tammy. She only knows what others have told her and she says it's hard to believe. "It's surreal. It's like Carrie Underwood's 'Jesus Take the Wheel. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. I have no words."
Ironically Gage, is spending his Spring break from Perry Jr high school in lifeguard training class.
"He will forever be a true hero," says Tammy.