Surveillance cameras at Alta Convenience store in Arvada, Colorado, filmed this shocking moment. A woman had walked into the store carrying her baby in the arms. She headed straight to the counter to purchase a soda. While at the counter, Rebecca Montano, the cashier, noticed that the lady was in a state of panic and confusion.
Every time Rebecca would have a look at the woman and how she was behaving strangely, she became more preoccupied, more so when mother started tilting her head and rocking it sideways. Rebecca asked herself what would be the condition of the baby.
“She came up to pay for an item and I was talking to her and trying to make the baby smile,” Montano recalled. “All of the sudden she had a blank look on her face and I sensed something was very wrong.”
Montano told 9news.com that the young mom had a “glazed look on her face,” which made Montano feel “uneasy.”
“I was asking her ‘is everything ok,’ I grabbed the baby’s arm and she started to sway, she wouldn’t answer me,” Montano said. “She was just lost in space, so I thought I better take the baby, something doesn’t feel right. And then right there she started to fall and I wasn’t sure still exactly what was going on, so I yelled at [a nearby] customer that was in the store [for help]. She fell, I came back, grabbed the phone called 911.”
It turns out, the woman, Jessica Heinonen, was having a seizure.
Rebecca didn’t think twice and went straight over the counter and took the baby from the arms of her mother. It was clear to Rebecca that the mother was about to pass out, so she rushed to get the baby so as to prevent it from any danger. Seconds later, Jessica collapsed on the floor.
“I think being a mother, being a grandmother, my first instinct was the baby,” Montano expressed “I just wanted to save the baby from getting hurt, if she would’ve fallen with the baby in her arms, who knows where that baby would’ve landed?”
Jessica later explained in an update that she was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 9, but this was the first time that she didn’t get any warning before going into a seizure.
“I usually have warnings before; [I feel] lightheaded, dizzy,” she explained.
The police hailed Montano hero for her actions.
“The police said I did the right thing by taking the baby because if she had fallen with the baby it could have been really bad,” Montano said.
Were it not for Rebecca, the baby would have fallen with the mother and the possibility of him getting seriously injured was high. What a rescue just on time!
Watch the full scene in the video below: