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Broward bus driver allegedly fails to help student after seizure

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OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother is outraged after her son suffered a medical emergency on a school bus and says the bus driver did nothing to help.

The good news Wednesday is that Andrew Shepard had returned to school with an increased dose of his medication. On Tuesday, however, he was a bit lethargic. He was released earlier that day from the intensive care unit after having a seizure on a Broward County school bus. "He was on the bus in the back, and I turned around and saw him twitching," said Shepard's sister Jazmen Lucas.

The eighth grader has diabetes and Addison's disease, which can cause very low blood pressure and lead to a coma. "He looked my child in his face and told him to get off the bus," said Shepard's mother Cynthia. "How do you do that?"

His sister, Jazmen, immediately told the bus driver when she noticed something was wrong. "I said, 'Can you take me home like to my house because he's having a seizure?' and he was like, 'No, you have to get off the bus,'" she said. "I called my mom, and she said called 911."

Shepard could not move. Jazmen had to lift him from his seat and carry him out of the bus, and he collapsed. "Having a seizure is like dead weight. He's a big kid. It takes a lot for her to do that by herself," said Cynthia in tears. "I'm beyond furious."

Once they were off the bus, they said, the bus driver took off. "Neighbors came out and they were helping, everyone was helping," said Cynthia. "The paramedics got there, his blood sugar was 30. A normal blood sugar is 80 to 120. He can die. He can go into a diabetic coma and die."

Cynthia said the bus driver did not follow protocol and should have pulled over and called for help. "He's a coward. He let my son get off this bus and left my son pretty much to die. If my daughter was not there, my son wouldn't be here today," she said in tears. "All he had to do was call 911. No one asked you to help him, put your hands on him or anything, just call 911, and you didn't."

When the Broward County School Board was made aware of the situation, they told 7News in a statement: "An investigation was immediately initiated by the district and remains on going, at this time. District staff will continue to work with the family and provide updates accordingly."

According to the Broward School Board, all of their buses have security cameras on board, and they will be reviewing footage as part of their ongoing investigation. They said the bus driver has taken some time off, which was scheduled.


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