Frankfort Football Highlight Takes Place Off the Field

A Friday night football game turned into a frenzy – off the field.

The game on Friday between Frankfort and visiting Charlevoix was a back-and-forth scoring matchup.

But a group of young girls was off in a corner – beyond the end zone – practicing cheers. Sixth grader Grace Gibson says, “We were doing football cheers… and I tripped over my friend and tripped over myself.”

The 11 year-old hit her head and was having a seizure, while most eyes were on the action on the football field. Her friends were calling for help and got the attention of Charlevoix Senior Seth Migda, who wasn’t playing that night because he was sidelined with an injury. “Two of ‘em was crying, the other one was yelling.  I couldn’t understand what they were saying. One of them said ‘seizure’ and pointed. I just knew it was serious. And I took off running.”

Grace doesn’t remember much, but some things stand out. “I remember hitting my head and I remember Seth picking me up.” Seth says, “I picked her up, kind of in the side position, ran with her, she was in my arms and I had her head held. She was moving so much. I had to have a firm grasp because I didn’t want to drop her. I was screaming ‘call 911’ and I was yelling that. My buddy (Chasyn Vrondran) called 911. The trainer came and the paramedics came and eventually the ambulance came and all that stuff.”

Frankfort Fire Chief Aaron Garrett says, “Absolutely we were in the right place at the right time.” And Frankfort’s Athletic Trainer Alexis Donovan says the kids calling for help saved crucial moments in getting help for Grace.  “This did save that girl’s life. The Rayder that came over and helped that was amazing because that really started the whole situation.”

Grace says she just knows Seth made a difference. “I remember Seth being there the whole time while I was being helped by the paramedics.” Donovan adds, “He did the exact right thing. He noticed something was wrong and we started the emergency response.”

Chief Garrett says, “It’s always chaotic anytime you have injury, but this, on the sidelines, not one of the players, you have family, friends, onlookers all wanting to know what’s going on.”

Grace’s mom, Elizabeth, thinks Seth is a hero to the family. Seth says, “I gave her brother and her mom a hug and shook her dad’s hand. I kind of did what any good citizen would do and I was just trying to help her out.”

Grace is okay now – although she still has a headache. Her mom says this was her first seizure, and they’ll be going to the doctor to figure out what happened. They’re not sure if Grace hitting her head is what caused the seizure, or if the seizure caused her to fall and hit her head.

Donovan says, “It really could’ve turned out a lot worse. If something did happen who knows what could’ve happened. But we’re very fortunate to have the people who were able to help.”  This is only the second year Frankfort has had a trainer on the sidelines. “Most schools of this size do not have an athletic trainer. We are very fortunate to have a grant through Paul Oliver (and Munson Healthcare) to help have me on the field.”

The Gibsons are glad Seth was there, too. As you might expect, he doesn’t see the need for a ‘hero’ title. “It wasn’t my work, it was God’s work. The Lord does crazy things for crazy reasons and I just knew I had to do what I had to do.”

For Grace, she’s writing a thank you note and hopes to deliver it soon. “I would say thank you, and, I don’t know. He was just a hero that night.”