Many parents don’t think about it, but teaching your children about what to do in an emergency situation could mean the difference between life and death.
Thankfully, 23-year-old Caitlin Walsh of Derbyshire, England, did just that with her young daughter. The mom suffers from Perthes disease, a condition that affects her hips and causes problems with walking, among other mobility issues. On July 11, she suffered such severe stomach cramps that she kept slipping in and out of consciousness.
After a bad reaction to medication for her disease, Caitlin passed out in front of her 5-year-old daughter.
Her daughter, April, called 999 – the British equivalent of 911 – and took it from there. The little girl calmly answered the questions posed by dispatcher Alison Crowe, including her mother’s age and current condition.
“Is Mummy’s breathing normal?” Alison asked soothingly.
“No,” April replied.
Just then, the paramedics arrived and were able to treat Caitlin instead of taking her to the hospital.
“I’m not a well mum, I can’t do things like other mums and being on our own, I’m always conscious that something could happen to me and April will need to get help,” she told Mirror. “She was so amazing and I can’t thank her, or the ambulance staff, enough for their good work.”
Meanwhile, the dispatcher praised April for her calm and steady demeanor in such a frightening situation, especially for a 5-year-old.
“By calling 999 and answering our questions, she made sure we were able to get help to her mum as quickly as possible,” she said, adding that teaching children when and how to call for help “could save your life.”
Take a listen to the audio of the call below, and share to spread this important message!