Boy Helps Save Mum's Life After Calling Number On Toy Ambulance
| Last updated
A five-year-old boy is being praised after he helped save his mum's life - having cleverly called the emergency services using a phone number written on the side of his toy ambulance.
Little Josh was at home when he found his mum lying on the floor, having slipped into a diabetic coma.
Rather than panicking, Josh spotted a phone number on the side of his toy ambulance, and dialled 112 - the single European emergency number, which functions in the same way as 999.
Josh, from Telford, Shropshire, was then connected to a police communications operator, who was able to help him and his mum.
It wasn't long before officers arrived at Josh's home and found Josh and his younger brother, along with their mum - who was still lying unconscious on the floor.
Paramedics were then thankfully able to treat the mother, with young Josh later being heaped with praise for his bravery and quick-thinking on the dramatic day last month.
Telford local policing commander Superintendent Jim Baker said the force were thoroughly impressed with Josh.
He said: "This was an incredible thing for Josh to do, his quick thinking saw him ring the number on his toy ambulance as he was worried about his mum.
"He was very brave and stayed on the line while we were able to get to the family's home and make sure his mum got medical assistance.
"Josh has already proved he would make a brilliant police officer in the future.
"Hopefully we'll see him again when he's old enough as a new recruit!"
Recently, another schoolboy was hailed a hero after jumping into the sea from a pier to rescue a toddler, who he spotted floating 30 yards off shore.
Eli Harrison, 11, was with his family at the seaside on Friday 7 August when they spotted a small child in the water off the coast of Staithes, North Yorkshire.
Before Eli's parents Kayleigh and Ian had any time to react, their son had leapt into the sea to help the toddler.
Kayleigh said: "We'd gone down to the beach for the day and as we were walking along my husband saw the little boy in the water, but before he'd managed to take his bag off Eli had ran and jumped off the pier into the water."
The toddler, who managed to get into the sea without his parents noticing, had swallowed some water when the Harrison family spotted him floating in the water, but thankfully he made a full recovery.
Proud mum Kayleigh said of her son: "He saved his life, it's mental. He just said he did what anyone else would have done, he doesn't realise how good it is."