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‘Mummy’s on the floor’: 2-year-old boy saves mother’s life by calling paramedics

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A 2-year-old British boy is being hailed as a hero after he managed to dial emergency services when his mother collapsed on the floor.

Paramedics responded the home of Dana Henry in Leicestershire, England, last month after she had collapsed due to a dangerous blood clot and a bleed on her ovary, The Telegraph reported.

Her 2-year-old son Riley Ward then dialed the United Kingdom's emergency telephone number "999" and told operators: "Mummy's on the floor."

In audio recordings of the Riley's phone call, the boy can be heard piecing the words together as operators figure out where to send help. The ambulance service was able to trace the address.

"All I remember is the room getting smaller and smaller, and then I opened my eyes when I heard a police officer trying to kick my door down," Miss Henry told the Leicester Mercury. "I managed to get up and open the door, but then collapsed again."

"I would never have rung 999," she said. "I would have kept taking painkillers and hoping it would go away. It really scared me, because if I hadn't passed out and Riley hadn't rung the ambulance, I might not be here today."

Ms. Henry said she and her partner, Rob Ward, 30, had always taught Riley and his sister, 5-year-old Caitlin, to call 999 in an emergency.

The East Midlands Ambulance Services recognized Riley's bravery this week with a paramedic teddy bear and a certificate, the Huffington Post reported.

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