A four-year-old boy from northern Tasmania dialed the national emergency number - 000 - telling operators that "mummy fell over."
Monty Cocker, a four-year-old boy from northern Tasmania, has helped save his mother's life by making an emergency call, just a day after his mother taught him how, reported ABC News.
Just over a week ago, Wendy Cocker had a seizure and fell unconscious at her Launceston home. Her son Monty knew exactly what to do.
"I wasn't feeling very well and I tried to contact my husband initially and as I did I went into a seizure. The phone call I made to him went straight through to voice message," Wendy explained. "After that, within a couple of minutes, Monty made a triple-0 call and that's pretty much all I remember."
Monty dialed the national emergency number - 000 - on 27 August, telling operators that "mummy fell over."
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The little boy helped the official on the call with further details of his house and cooperated with paramedic members. According to Mark Smalls, one of the members of the paramedic team, "As we got to the address, he was in the window... waving to us," reported BBC.
Inside the home, Monty patiently assisted the emergency crew in identifying that his mother had experienced a seizure. His smart and quick thinking made a major difference in the situation. "Especially if you hit your head when you fall, or you have a prolonged seizure, it can be quite serious," added Mark.
Just one day prior to the event, Wendy, a registered nurse, had taught Monty how to make a triple-0 call. She sat down with him and guided him through contacting triple-0 from both an unlocked and a locked cell phone. Clearly, he rose to the occasion and put his preparation to good use.
"I'd been to Agfest with the school and we'd visited the ambulance station as part of our checklist of places that we needed to go and I came home and thought, 'Gee I really need to teach Monty how to do it,'" Wendy stated.
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The paramedic team who reacted to the emergency call were reunited with Monty, and he was given a certificate of appreciation. Intensive care paramedic Danielle Masters praised him for how successfully he handled the challenging circumstance. "I've worked here for 15 years and this is the first time a four-year-old has made a call to an ambulance," she said.
"I was actually amazed with how he actually knew that that was something that he needed to call an ambulance for, and then actually know how to call an ambulance. Then when we got there, he was just so calm and he'd just followed all the instructions that the comms had told him to, which I thought was really amazing. He was able to answer all of our questions and tell us what had happened and we eventually figured out his mum may have had a seizure," Masters added.
She said that she would teach her own children a lesson from the experience. "I've got a four-year-old as well and I went home that night and I said to him, 'Do you know how to call an ambulance?' and thought about steps to go through to teach them to do that. Probably the most important thing is how to actually use the phone to get into the screen to press the numbers," she concluded.
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