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Mother thanks first responders and family for saving daughter

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JEFFERSON CO (WSIL)---Mila Westbrooke is 3 and a half years old--and was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

But her mom Ashley Buretta knew something was wrong, when Buretta gave Mila her morning medicine yesterday, and she began curling into a ball and her lips were turning blue.

When Mila typically had seizures, they would last seconds. Yesterday, Mila had a seizure that went for over 15 minutes.

Family and friends helped Mila while waiting for an ambulance, but Buretta wanted to take a moment to thank the officers who blocked off traffic in order for the ambulance to get Mila to the hospital as fast as possible.

"It fills my heart, it really does. Because it really does take a village and my village was very good. And this was the first time that since the NICU that we had to call for help and I was very pleased with the experience," said Buretta.

Buretta also wanted to thank the sheriff's department for escorting the ambulance to the helicopter that took Mila to the hospital.

Buretta says Mila is doing better and pending some testing, she hopes Mila will be able to go home soon.

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Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Madeline joined the team in 2020 and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism and a minor in Communication Studies.

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