Twenty-six-year-old Keiana Herndon's family says she loved sharing her life with others through Facebook live videos.
As KARK reports, Herndon went live on Facebook on December 28th with her 1-year-old son. In the video, which has since been deleted from Facebook, Herndon starts singing. Soon after the video begins, however, Herndon's demeanor changes.
Her aunt, Barbara Johnson, explains to KATV:
“She go to whipping her face and shaking her head, and I was thinking, what’s wrong with Kei? We call her Kei. She then, she fell back and then Riley picked the phone up and started talking and playing and then I hear (gasping) then I heard one more … I didn’t hear nothing else.”
Herndon's father, Richard, says that after she collapsed, the number of viewers continued to increase. However, it wasn't until thirty minutes later that someone went to her house to see if she was okay. As KATV reports, the video ends when one of Herndon's friends arrives at the home, sees her on the ground, and calls 911.
Sadly, Herndon did not make it. Her mother, Mary Morgan, explains what may have triggered her collapse:
“She had thyroid problems. The thyroid messes with everything and it triggered her heart. It’s a tragedy, I know that much, and I know one thing, I would love to have my baby back with me.”
Richard can't believe people were able to continue watching after his daughter collapsed. He wishes someone had acted sooner:
“It's amazing for someone to sit there and see somebody or hear them take their last breath, and nobody did anything,”
He is, however, thankful for those who did eventually come to her aid.
Herndon is being remembered as a “beautiful, free spirited and loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.”
Along with the 1-year-old featured in the Facebook live video, Herndon leaves behind another young son. A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the children.