A quick-thinking six-year-old has been commended for saving her mum’s life.
When Nicola Earp and her daughter Daisy had settled down for the night, the last thing the 48-year-old mum of two expected was to find herself being woken up by two police officers administering medication to her in the middle of the night.
Even though Daisy was in her room at the time in their Kinmel Bay home, she sensed her mum was suffering a hyperglycaemic episode (diabetic attack).
She immediately found a phone and dialled 999.
Daisy with one of the officers who responded to the 999 call
Daisy calmly described her mum’s symptoms to North Wales Police call taker Ray Lever and gave her address in order for him to ensure officers arrived at the scene as quickly as possible.
Daisy remained on the line to North Wales Police, continually updating the call handler on her unconscious mum’s condition.
When response team officers arrived at the address, Daisy then opened the front door to allow the two officers into the house.
Young Daisy explained that her father was out working but could be called on her mum’s phone.
Daisy with 999 call handler Ray Lever
As one officer went to assist with the patient, Daisy led the other officer to the cupboard where her mum’s medication is kept.
Officers administered the life-saving medication, and within 30mins, Daisy’s mum had completely come around and was back to normal.
The ambulance service had also been alerted to the emergency and attended the scene, but Nicola did not require the ambulance or hospital treatment.
Daisy with her family & Chief Superintendent Anderson
In recognition of Daisy’s bravery, for staying calm in a life-threatening situation and for calling 999, she has been presented at a special meeting in the North Wales Police Control Room with a certificate of bravery signed by the Chief Constable Carl Foulkes.
Chief Superintendent Neill Anderson said:
“I am pleased to be able to support and thank Daisy for her brave actions in a very difficult situation. She is an inspiration to other young people.”
Daisy was joined at the ceremony by her mother Nicola, her father Jeff Walker and her brother Alfie at Crud y Dderwen Joint Control Centre where they met up with 999 call taker Ray Lever
Daisy was allowed to pass a special message of thanks over the radio to everyone who helped her and her mum.
Daisy with her brother
The Ysgol Dewi Sant pupil was allowed to sit in a police car and have her photograph taken with one of the police officers.
Thanks to PACT and a kind donation from Theatr Clwyd in Mold, Daisy was also presented with a family ticket to watch this year’s pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’
Talking about Daisy’s actions, Communications Operator Ray said:
“I just happened to be the one who answered the 999 call.
“It was one of those calls you dread taking because you know it is going to be stressful for the caller and difficult to get the information needed to safeguard all parties but Daisy made it so easy for me.
“Despite the mobile connection being terrible, she listened and did everything I said; she checked her mum’s breathing, kept trying to wake her up and stayed calm,” explained Ray, who was formerly a trained nurse.
“She was my eyes and ears, so as she checked the vital signs I was able to risk assess her mum’s condition while we waited for the officers to arrive.”
As the family listened to the audio of the call, an emotional Nicola said:
“I did not know what was going on until I woke up, but I am incredibly proud of Daisy.
“I didn’t realise that she actually saved my life!”
Daisy’s father, Jeff, proudly added:
“Daisy has always helped her mum, we have always included both her and Alfie, so they know the signs to look for, and they were taught their address and how to dial 999 from an early age, so it comes naturally to them, but we did not realise quite how much she had picked up.”
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