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Toddler Dials 999 in Emergency

Toddler Joshua Hall stood on a box to reach the phone and dialled 999 when he found his mummy lying on the floor of their house in Ashton-in-Makefield near Wigan.

He told the operator “Mummy wont’ wake up” and police operator Paula Hall asked Joshua if he could rouse her but he was unable to.  Paula said “I could tell he was frightened, but he was very brave.  He stayed calm.

Paula managed to obtain his name by coaxing out of him what was the name Father Christmas put on his presents.

While talking to the brave toddler on the phone, Paula was relieved to hear adult voices shortly afterwards with the arrival of the paramedics who quickly treated Isobel before taking her to hospital where she made a full recovery.

“I was astonished when I discovered he was only aged 2.  I could not believe how brave he was but at the same time he was so frightened he could not tell me his name. I told him that someone would be coming to the door to help but I was worried that he would not be able to answer it.  Joshua stood on the box to open the door just as he had done to reach the phone.

Isobel Taught Children to Dial 999

Joshua’s mummy, Isobel suffers from a rare heart condition and passing out with no prior warning is one of the symptoms.  Because of this she had coached Joshua and his 6 year old sister Amy how to dial 999 from the moment they first began to speak.

Mrs Brookes said “Amy has done it before but she was at school this time.  I did not know anything about it until I woke up with a paramedic standing over me.  Joshua did really well, not only making the call but also letting the emergency services into the house.  I am really proud of him”.

Joshua has since celebrated his 3rd birthday and the Greater Manchester Police operators have hailed him as a life-saving hero as one of the youngest ever to have raised an alarm.  They along with Paula paid a visit to his home to praise him and pass on a personal thank you to the clever toddler.

Other Brave Toddler

Greater Manchester Police have honoured other toddlers who have managed to use the telephone to make an emergency call.  Once such little boy was 2 year old Conor Taylor who when his mother suffered an epileptic fit and passed out on the floor, he picked up the phone and dialled 999.

Officers were unable to hear anything expect a tiny voice saying ‘mummy’.  They traced the call and sent an ambulance to the house in Reddish where they found 22 year old Clare Taylor unconscious.

After being given the all clear and sent home from hospital, Clare said “Conor is a clever boy and if he hadn’t made that phone call I don’t know what would have happened”.

His parents believe Conor learnt what to do from watching a hospital programme on the television, and when they asked him what he would do, he would say “999”.

What was once classed as a family joke became a true life ‘hero’ story.

Teaching our children to recite their names and addresses is among one of the first things we do when they begin to talk and can understand better.  Teaching them to make emergency calls can also be a good thing.  It should be stipulated that 999 is only to be dialled in emergencies and once dialled to give their name and address.

If you suffer from a medical condition such as epilepsy or asthma, it may also be a good idea to teach your child one or two basic words regarding the condition so that he/she may be able to relay to the emergency operator.