Sidmouth three-year-old’s bravery recognised by ambulance service
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A little ‘super hero’ who loves everything about the emergency services knew exactly what to do when his mum collapsed in agony.
Katie Turner also had her one-year-old daughter Robin at home when pain caused by gall stones left her unable to breathe, move or talk – but three-year-old Freddie Taylor called his nanny, Jackie Halsey, and help was soon on its way.
His mum, who is set to have her gallbladder out next Friday, is now urging other parents to talk to their youngsters about what to do if they are ever in a similar situation.
“I’m so, so proud of him,” said Katie, who lives in Chambers Close with partner Ash Taylor. “If he hadn’t had called for help, I don’t know what would have happened. I have bad pains that can last up to six hours, and normally I’m able to manage that at home with the painkillers the doctors have given me.
“The pain didn’t go until I was at the hospital – they think that my body was trying to push a stone through so my gallbladder was contracting then relaxing.”
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The organ is close to diaphragm, and the sensation left her unable to breathe and caused ‘crippling’ pain.
Kate, 23, added: “I get really emotional thinking about it all as the whole experience of it really shook me up, I had my little one-year-old at home as well as Freddie.
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“If he hadn’t have called for help, I don’t know if I would have been able to as I just couldn’t get my words out.
“Freddie came and found me on the bathroom floor. He just turned around and said, ‘Don’t worry mummy, I’ll go and get you help’.
“I didn’t think he would actually go and do it, but the next thing I know he’s come running to me with his iPad on FaceTime to my mum and said ‘Nanny, mummy needs help, she can’t breathe’.
“My mum just shouted to my dad and said, ‘You need to get over there now. She’s on the floor and can’t breathe!’”
Katie’s parents live only a street away in Sedemuda Close and her dad, Chris Turner, rushed over and called an ambulance. Freddie comforted her while they waited and has since received a certificate from the ambulance service for his bravery.
Katie, who works at New Look but is currently signed off work, said: “Freddie’s very into fire engines, ambulances and police cars and is constantly playing with them and watching programmes about them.
“I’ve never told him what to do if ever he there was an emergency as I thought that he would be too young to understand what I meant by it all.
“I think it would be really important to raise to parents that having a little chat with little ones on what to do if ever they need help. Most of us don’t think we will ever be in the situation of not getting help ourselves but sometimes it does happen!”