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Children’s 999 call saves asthma attack mum
1:02pm Thursday 7th February 2013 in News
WHEN Amy Greenhalgh taught her two young children how to call 999, she hoped they would never have to put it into practice.
But just nine days later, Tyler his sister Kaleah helped to save their mum’s life when she passed out during an asthma attack.
Tyler, aged nine, called for an ambulance while Kaleah, aged eight, stayed at their mother’s side — just as they had planned.
And Miss Greenhalgh, who lives in Radcliffe, believes she only survived the incident because of her children’s quick actions.
She said: “I had an asthma attack just over a week earlier and the doctor asked Kaleah if she knew what to do if I was ever ill. It occurred to me that she wouldn’t really know what to do.
“When I got home, I had a two-minute conversation with the kids on how to work my mobile phone. Obviously I didn’t think they would ever need to do it.”
On Sunday, January 13, Miss Greenhalgh woke up at 8am and started struggling to breathe shortly after going downstairs.
She shouted for the children and Tyler, who has Asperger Syndrome, immediately called 999 and gave their address to the operator.
Kaleah sat with Miss Greenhalgh and when she lost consciousness, she lifted her from the floor and sat her up.
Tyler let paramedics into the house and Miss Greenhalgh was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital, where she stayed overnight.
She has suffered from asthma all her life and her condition is now being closely monitored by doctors.
Miss Greenhalgh, aged 28, said: “I am the proudest mum in the world. If it hadn’t been for them, I could have died. It was very serious and for two children to have dealt with it is amazing. It was life or death and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.
“Some people think their children wouldn’t be able to cope in a situation like that. Whether they are young or have learning difficulties, it is important to have a conversation about how to phone for help and what to do. Children are so resilient and can deal with things better than you expect.”
Miss Greenhalgh is planning to hold a party or another treat to reward the children for their efforts.
Their bravery has also been recognised by Gorsefield Primary School, where they are both pupils, and by North West Ambulance Service.
Paramedic Simon Yates presented them with certificates during an assembly at the school yesterday and spoke to pupils about what to do in an emergency.
He said: “This incident was one of the worst cases of an asthma attack I have seen throughout my 15-year career with the ambulance service, and had Tyler not called us when he did, the outcome for his mum could have been very different.
“When we arrived at the scene, clearly Tyler and Kaleah were becoming very upset, but Tyler acted very maturely when calling 999.”
Headteacher Morven Stroud, said: “We are very proud of the responsible manner that Tyler and Kaleah displayed in dealing with such an emergency. Neither of the children panicked and were able to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.”