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Praise for six-year-old hero who helped her asthmatic and pregnant mother
A little girl who called for paramedics after her heavily pregnant mother suffered a severe asthma attack helped to safely deliver her little brother.
Lauren Parisi calld the ambulance and helped towards the safe delivery of her new baby brother George.
The quick-thinking six-year-old was also able to tell paramedics about the allergies of her mum Diana who was desperately struggling to breathe after suffering the attack..
The youngster has now been presented with a certificate and praised by the emergency services colleagues of her mum.
Little Lauren immediately rang her grandmother when her 32-year-old mum’s attack began in their Crawley home but when she realised her mum’s condition was worsening and she could not speak, she called 999.
The St Margaret’s Church of England School pupil said: “My nanny had to come from Horley and I saw that my mummy couldn’t breathe so I said that I was going to call her ambulance friends.
“I was a bit frightened doing that but I kept speaking to the lady on the phone who asked me lots of questions.
“She asked me to open the door for the ambulance and I wanted them to make my mummy better.”
Emergency Medical Advisor Jane Taylor, from SECAmb’s emergency operations centre in Lewes handled Lauren’s call while paramedic Chris Seymour was first on scene to find 31 weeks pregnant Diana, a SECAmb colleague, struggling to breathe.
He said: “Lauren opened the door for me and she appeared very sensible for her young age.
“She was even able to tell me that her mum had several allergies and that she was going to have a baby soon.
“I was able to stabilise Diana’s breathing but unfortunately her contractions suddenly started and the situation became very worrying.”
Chris was then joined by paramedic Nicole Lecroissette and technician Neil Martin who rushed Diana directly to the delivery suite at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
Nicole said: “The journey to hospital was unreal. I just did not want Diana to have her baby prematurely there and then.
“Luckily once in hospital the medical staff were able to stop her contractions.”
Long-term asthma sufferer Diana said: “I’m so proud of Lauren for calling 999 in the way she did.
“Being only six she was very brave and although very scared and nervous, she did everything the phone operator asked.”
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