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Documents reveal further details in student's death

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It was a crisis, all caught on video: 7-year old Isabella Hererra was seen on video from January 2012 having a medical emergency on her school bus.

Nine minutes went by until finally, her own mother boarded the bus and called 911. The special needs student ended up dying the next day in the hospital.

On Tuesday, newly released documents detailed what went wrong.

Isabella's parents told investigators she suffered from congenital myopathy. She was seen in the bus video having some sort of medical emergency and being unable to breathe.

The bus aide told attorneys she heard sounds coming from where Isabella was sitting on the bus and she asked the little girl if that was her.

The aide says Isabella said yes. When it happened another time, the aide asked Isabella if she was okay, and that's when she shook her head to say no.

The aide says she soon realized Isabella was turning blue and she told the driver that they needed an ambulance.

The driver tried to radio in to dispatch, but her radio wasn't working. She then used her personal cell phone to call her supervisor, instead of 911.

The aide also got out her personal cell phone and called Isabella's mom.

It wasn't until nine minutes later that Isabella's mother ran onto the pulled-over bus, removed her daughter from her wheelchair, and called 911.

Isabella died the next day at the hospital.

In one deposition, when the bus aide was asked why she didn't call 911 first, she said it's "not my job."

On Tuesday, more than two years after the tragedy, the Hillsborough County School District settled with Isabella's family for $800,000.

School board members pledged to make sure this never happens again. The district has already made sweeping changes to the training bus drivers and aides receive, first and foremost, alerting them to call 911 as well as dispatch in a case of a medical emergency.

The actual cause of Isabella's death is listed as respiratory arrest weakness and neuromuscular syndrome.

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