"Hero" bus driver saves 10-year-old girl

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW) -- Over the past 24 hours, Mary Moseley and her daughter Kayla have been hugging a lot.

"I had a lot of people praying and saying she's going to be okay," says Moseley.

Wednesday afternoon, a quiet drive down Rainbow Falls Road turned into an unexpected nightmare. After Kayla had returned home from Byrd Elementary, she and her mother rode to pick up Kayla's brother from Midland Valley High School. Near the intersection of Rainbow Falls and Stephens Road, the 10-year-old began to convulse. She was having a seizure.

"Well, she started turning purple," says her mother.

Moseley started to panic as her daughter stopped breathing.

"You're scared," she admits. "You don't know what to do."

She tried to flag down any help she could get on what's normally a pretty sparsely traveled road. Luckily, an unlikely hero was driving by: Youlanda Jones, a bus driver with the Aiken County Public School District.

"I pulled up to the scene. I see a mom on the side of the car, the passenger's side, screaming, 'Help! My child's not breathing!'" the bus driver recalls.

"And then she stopped," adds Moseley. "She got out. She goes, 'Everybody move out the way! I'm trained in this!'"

"I immediately told mom to call for help and started to help her get air," Jones continues.

With an ambulance on the way, the child continued to convulse, but after a few moments, Jones finally had saved the 10-year-old.

"Ms. Jones is my hero," says Moseley.

If not for the Aiken County bus driver, medical officials say the 10-year-old would have died. Only then could the bus driver get back to taking home a load of Midland Valley high-schoolers.

"They were like, "Ms. Jones, we know you care about us. because we just saw what you had to do.' And I had kids crying. It was very emotional, but we knew a life had been saved," Jones tells News 12.

Jones says, before she was a bus driver, she was a nurse. She's driven buses for Aiken County for two years. She says, as is the case with most bus drivers, both her body and heart are behind the wheel at all times.

"We need more people like her in every single way," adds Moseley.

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