Little Lisa's a hero
By AYESHA JOY ? LISA Mortley, 11, is her mum's hero.
The Sapphire girl was yesterday awarded for her outstanding calm and courage in giving lifesaving emergency care to her mother, Leeann, an epileptic, who has fre- quent serious seizures.
Lisa is the QAS Young Hero of the Year in the 2005 Central Region Star Care Awards for Excellence.
Parents Dean and Leeann Mortley couldn't be more proud.
"She is just amazing,'' said Mrs Mortley, who had her first epileptic seizure at 25.
Since she was four, Lisa has phoned 000 and put her mother in the recovery position. She notes the seizures to report their length and intensity to ambulance officers.
"The first two or three times I got really scared and thought my mum was going to die,'' Lisa said yester- day. "I would get really freaked out. Then I learned from Dad what to do.''
Lisa's dad, Dean, a gem min- er, praised his daughter's calm. "I'd be lost without her,'' he said yesterday. "Every seizure is different and they are fright- ening.''
Mrs Mortley has had hun- dreds of seizures and their in- tensity and frequency has re- cently increased ? she had three seizures in the past month.
Lisa is often home alone with her mum during the seizures which can last six minutes.
"Now, it's still scary but I just phone triple-0 and put my mum in the recovery position.''
Lisa gives information and di- rections to QAS officers and helps gather medication and clothing as Mrs Mortley is often hospitalised after seizures.