PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (KNWA)–A touch of a button is all it took for one Prairie Grove teacher to save her student’s life.
Brandy Carte, a special education teacher at Prairie Grove Elementary, credits her live-saving technique to something she holds right in the palm of her hand–her phone.
“If we would have lost her, I’m not sure we would’ve… it would be hard to come back,” she said with tears in her eyes.
Carte said she and 7-year-old Kinsley have an unexplainable connection.
She said, “We were attached to her from the moment she started coming here. There was just something about her that, you know we just love her. Can’t help it.”
But it was one day, Kinsley’s birthday, that could have changed everything.
Carte recalls, “Kinsley began having a really strong seizure where her eyes rolled back and she turned purple and gray and yellow colors.”
Seizures aren’t new to this special education teacher.
Kinsley has a form of multiple sclerosis (MS) that causes her to have frequent seizures.
But she knew this one was different. This little girl’s heart had stopped.
She said, “In that moment, you just react.”
She took out her phone and used the Rave Panic Button app to ask for help.
Shawn Whitt, the director of technology and safety, said “If a teacher initiates any type of rave notification, if it’s police, ambulance, fire, or even an active shooter, it saves a lot of time. And that way responders can get here as quickly as possible.”
Whitt said all of their teachers have access to this app, and all they have to do is unlock it and tap which type of emergency to report.
Not only does it notify local authorities, it notifies other employees in the school as well.
Since the incident, Kinsley has had fewer seizures and can actually walk instead of using a wheelchair.
“We’re so grateful that she’s okay. Every day just doing little activities with her like painting or playing. When I have free time, we’re playing because I just can’t stay away from her,” Carte said.
Whitt said his team sees a response time of one minute or less when the rave panic button is used.