Edgewood Elementary School teacher in Michigan, Julia Koch, saved a student’s grandmother who was having a stroke over Zoom. She noticed the grandmother, Cynthia Phillips, was a bit off when she called Koch about some technical difficulties she was having. Phillips’s voice was off and Koch knew that she had to call emergency services.
“It was clear there was something very wrong. Her words were so jumbled, and I couldn’t understand what she was trying to say,” the teacher told CNN, “She didn’t sound like herself.”
Koch then sprung into action and called the principal of the school who had a staff member call for help. Julia stayed on the phone with her until the ambulance got to Phillips’s house.
“I noticed her speech was impaired, and I asked her if she was alright, and she was stumbling over her words and it was getting worse by the minute, Charlie Lovelady, the principal of the school said, “I knew the symptoms of a stroke because I lost my father from a stroke so I told her hold on and immediately got her help.”
Lovelady had people go and check on Phillips and the two young children she was caring for. She expressed her gratitude to CNN for the fast action from everyone at the school.
“I would have died if it weren’t for the teacher being so quick and fast about getting me help,” she said, “It made me so close to the staff and the principal, even the secretary who hurried to get me on the phone with the principal. They showed up at my house to make sure I’m okay. I thank God I didn’t die in front of my kids.”
The superintendent of the school, Rané Garcia, also expressed how proud she was of her staff at the school. “I am immensely proud of both Ms. Koch and Mr. Lovelady, their quick actions and the energy they have poured into relationships with students and families during this new way of education are making a significant positive difference in the lives of our students and their families.”