A teenager made a heroic rescue right in his own living room. One Silverton mom said without her son's quick thinking, she doesn't know if she or her baby would be around today.
Last Wednesday morning, when Devyn Vandehey heard that his mom wasn't feeling well, he was happy to help.
"I'm sorry. I wish I could do something for you," Vandehey said he told her.
As it turns out, he couldn't heal her headache, but he did save her life.
"She looked up and, right as she looked up, she fell backwards onto the couch and started convulsing a little bit," he said.
She was seizing. At six months pregnant, Trisha Burleigh knew there was something wrong that morning.
"I went and asked Devyn if he could be late for school so I wasn't home by myself," she said.
But, she didn't know how bad it was.
Devyn saw it all happen. The only one home at the time, he knew he had to act calmly and quickly.
"I have no medical training," he said. "At 17 years old that's not something that goes through my head, but for some reason it all kind of clicked together and just made sense to do."
Devyn said he called 911 and made sure that his mom was stable and not choking. When paramedics got there, they rushed her to OHSU by ambulance where doctors delivered her baby three months early.
"The weirdest thing is that I went to the hospital pregnant and I came out without my child, and that's a very hard feeling," Burleigh said.
She said doctors later told her the problem was eclampsia, a progressed form of an illness that can be deadly and that affects pregnant women or women who have just given birth.
Both she and the baby will be just fine. Burleigh said without her son that might not be the case.
"He's my hero because I wouldn't be here without him and neither would his brother," she said.
As for Devyn, he said he'd do it all again.
"It wouldn't have been good if it was any other way," he said."
The new baby weighs just more than 2 pounds and is still hospitalized in critical condition. Burleigh said he's doing well and should be home around what was supposed to be her due date in early April.
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