Potters Bar boy, 6, saves mum's life
PUBLISHED: 19:18 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has been branded a hero after saving his mum's life. Potters Bar youngster Alexander McCluskey dialled 999 when mum Sarah slipped into a diabetic coma. Alex was able to call the ambulance, tell the controller his address and check his
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has been branded a hero after saving his mum's life.
Potters Bar youngster Alexander McCluskey dialled 999 when mum Sarah slipped into a diabetic coma.
Alex was able to call the ambulance, tell the controller his address and check his mum was still breathing.
The young Tottenham Hotspur fan kept calm and even stayed on the line for over 11 minutes while help raced to their home in Willow Way.
Alex said: "I saw mummy just lying on the sofa and she spoke to me in a funny voice.
"I sat by her, but thought she would get better so I just watched TV."
Sarah, who has type 1 diabetes, was slipping in and out of consciousness and tried to convince Alex she would be ok.
But when she fell asleep again, the plucky youngster went into the hall to "secretly" call for help.
His next big challenge was opening the front door, when the first policeman arrived.
Sarah, who works as a legal recruitment consultant, told the Potters Bar Edition Alex was usually unable to work the lock.
The 33-year-old said: "Alex said to me, 'I made myself do it because I knew how important it was'."
Paramedic Caroline Hetherington and crewmate Dave Martindale, based at the Mutton Lane station, were soon on the scene and praised Alex for his courage.
Ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson, presented Alex with a certificate and a Para-Ted bear - the youngest ever to receive the award.
He said: "Alexander did a great job calling 999 when his mother was taken ill.
"It proves that a little basic knowledge of how to call for an ambulance correctly, can no doubt save someone's life.