North West Ambulance urges parents to make sure kids know how to call 999
2 months ago
Following a series of children as young as five saving the life of their loved ones, North West Ambulance Service is asking parents, guardians, relatives of children to make sure they know to call 999 if they are with somebody who becomes seriously ill or injured.
The service has released a series of real junior live saver stories praising children who have called 999. It is part of a wider initiative in which the trust has created an educational resource, the Ambulance Academy, to help guide children, young people and teachers on how to use its services. Of the stories told, one is that of six-year-old Breyer Warke from Liverpool, who saved mum, Linda’s life by calling her grandad after she collapsed.
In May this year, Linda and Breyer were having their lunch together. As Linda finished having hers, she got up and collapsed onto the floor.
Breyer, who was five at the time thought her mum was okay at first and just pretending. She quickly realised something wasn’t right after she started gently hitting her mum in the face to try and wake her up and she wasn’t responsive.
Breyer calmy sprang into action knowing her mum is diabetic and called her grandad to tell him what had happened, who immediately called 999. Linda’s blood sugar was dangerously low, and she was minutes away from a hypoglycaemic coma.
“My husband, Breyer’s father passed away when Breyer was 18 months old. A year later my mum passed away and it took me a long time to get back on my feet. Being single mum with diabetes and living alone with Breyer, I wanted to make sure that my daughter was prepared and knew what to do if I became poorly.
Linda taught Breyer how to call 999, to memorise their address and how to call her grandad if she was to ever collapse or become unresponsive. The ambulance crew arrived and treated Linda at home with a glucose drip which reversed her blood sugar. She was okay and didn’t need to go to hospital thanks to Breyer’s brave actions.
Linda continues: “I was blown away by my daughter’s bravery, she was only five at the time and remembered what to do in what is a stressful situation. I am so proud of her.”
Breyer went on to win a Character of the Year Award at the World Class Schools Quality Mark Awards in London for her actions that day.
Talking about Breyer’s bravery, Ged Blezard, Director of Operations, said: “Teaching our children and future generations the right reason to call 999 could save your life – we have had callers as young as four call us because their parent is unconscious.
“Breyer acted calmy in what must have been a very frightening situation. By calling her grandad immediately, who then called 999, she was able to make sure we were able to get help to her mum as quickly as possible.
“We are asking parents and guardians to make sure they take five minutes to sit down with their children and explain when to call 999, especially if the adult is not awake. It is important that children know their address and postcode so that if they need to call 999 we can get an ambulance to them as quickly as possible.”
Make sure your children know:
- How to call 999
- Their home address
- How to open the front door in an emergency