18 November 2014 - Six year old saves mum’s life

Ella Presentation 005Young Ella Tomlinson, from Cheshire, was hailed a hero by her classmates on 17 November 2014, when she was awarded a Junior Lifesaver certificate by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

The incredible six-year-old, helped save her mum Rebecca’s life when she collapsed due to her diabetes, back in September. Amazingly, Ella remembered what her mum had told her in case the situation ever arose.

Ella found her mum, unconscious on the bathroom floor after hearing her being sick, although Ella was upset and it was close to midnight, she used the mobile phone as she had been told to do and called her nana who lives just a few hundred yards away.

After speaking with her nana, Ella dialled 999 for the ambulance service, she told them she could not wake her mummy up and asked for help as she needed mummy to wake up.  She even gave them the address and postcode and locked the dog in the kitchen in case it was upset by the ambulance crew.

Ella stayed on the phone as a rapid response unit from the ambulance service and an emergency ambulance arrived on the scene. Staff quickly brought Rebecca round.

Mum Rebecca said: “I always feared something like that might happen and I said to her if this happens this is what you do.”  She revealed Ella, a Year 2 pupil of Rossmore Primary, Ellesmere Port, was not looking for praise and had said: “Mummy you help me all the time.”

A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service said “We are really impressed with the way in which Ella remained calm when her mum became very poorly, and she did exactly the right thing by calling for help”. 

“We receive many 999 calls from children, even from ones as young as three years old, and have always been impressed when they immediately know how to react in an emergency and they also know their home address and telephone number, which is vital to help us respond as quickly as possible.  It’s a good idea to teach children their address and a contact number as well as how to call for help and to use 999 wisely and this incident is a perfect example”

Well done Ella!