Junior Life Saver
How many four year olds would know what to do if they found their mother collapsed on the floor and suffering a seizure? At least one and her name is Emily Morrison. When mum Louise Rush collapsed, the first thing the pre-schooler from Sunderland did was to dial 999. Kerri Corbett, the North East Ambulance Service operator who answered the call, picks up the story: “When I spoke to Emily she was really calm and answered all of my questions about the condition of her mum. She told me that her mummy had fallen and I asked her if she was able to unlock the door. She said she was able to get her stool from the bathroom to reach the door and she knew where the keys were. I stayed on the phone to Emily until the ambulance crew arrived”. Child protection worker Ms Rush, who was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where she was diagnosed and treated for epilepsy, is in no doubt that she owes her life to her daughter who has been given a bravery award from North East Ambulance Service: “I believe I would have died if she didn’t get the help when she did as I had another fit when I was in the ambulance and almost swallowed my tongue. I am so proud of her, she did a brilliant job.” And not just because she dialled 999. For with her mother out of action, it was Emily who looked after her two younger siblings, but not before she first rang her father Stephen, who was at work at the time, to tell him what had happened. “Charlie is only six weeks old and was in his rocker chair and Rosa, who is 15 months old, was in her high chair eating her snacks. Emily got Rosa her blanket and toys and even tried to give Charlie the rest of his bottle while he was crying”, added Ms Rush, who it turns out has previous form when it comes to passing out. “I already suffer from endometriosis and have a duplex kidney which means I get ill quite often,” added Louise. “I have passed out before but have come back around straight away. Because of this I have told Emily what to do. She knows she has to try and wake me up and if she can’t then she needs to call 999 and Stephen. She uses Siri on my phone and knows who to call…she has far exceeded our expectations…A big treat is in store for her when I eventually get out of hospital. She’s only just turned four-years-old. She’s my little hero.” Proof if ever it was needed that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.