Grantham schoolboy, 7, receives award after calling 999 when mum collapsed
A seven-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after dialling 999 when his mum became unwell at home.
Sophie Anderson, 23, was at home in Thames Road, Grantham, with her three young children when she suddenly started to feel sick and passed out in the family’s bathroom.
Her son, Kyran Anderson, who is in Year 2 at West Grantham Academy St John’s, phoned his stepdad Luke, who was at work in Lincoln. He advised the young boy to call for an ambulance.
Kyran managed to call 999 and told the operator that “Mummy’s asleep and I can’t wake her up”.
He went on to give his exact address and provide regular updates about his mum’s condition, while also keeping a close eye on his two younger sisters, who are just two and five months old.
Kyran was talking to the operator for over 30 minutes until his uncle, whom Luke had managed to contact after receiving the call from the youngster, arrived to help. The ambulance reached them shortly after.
Sophie was taken to Grantham Hospital to undergo a series of tests, which all came back clear.
The doctor believed she had passed out due to the amount she had vomited and she was allowed to go home later the same day with instructions to rest.
Sophie described how she has had to undergo several operations since enduring a difficult labour with her youngest daughter, Lilley.
Talking about fainting at home, she said: “I felt fine when I first woke up but then I started feeling really sick and went to the toilet. I don’t remember much after that.
“I have been struggling since having an emergency C-section five months ago. Unbeknown to the doctors at the time, my previous C-section scar had ruptured in labour so when they carried out the emergency C-section they cut through my bladder, which had been connected to my scar and I lost a lot of blood.
“They also discovered that one of my kidneys was blocked and had to operate to put some kidney stents inside, which have since been taken out and replaced in another operation.”
She added: “After all the complications with the birth and following operations, I wanted Kyran to know what to do in case of an emergency. I feel incredibly proud of him and extremely lucky.”
After hearing about how heroic Kyran had been, his school hosted a special assembly to present him with a certificate to recognise his bravery.
Pupil premium co-ordinator Charley Walledge said: “We are so proud of Kyran and the mature attitude he showed when his mum became unwell.
“It is wonderful to know that the skills Kyran has learnt from home alongside the topics in school, ‘People who help us’ during Key Stage 1 and the first aid from ‘Resilience’ day came into use when needed.
“Kyran was awarded a certificate in front of the children at school during assembly, which congratulated him for being a hero during an emergency.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) ambulance operations manager for Lincolnshire Brian Jaffrey said: “Kyran should be extremely proud for calling 999 when his mum showed signs of being unwell.
“We encourage all parents to talk to their children about how to call 999 in an emergency.”
To help with this, EMAS has produced some useful materials on its website, including an activity book and colouring sheets.