Girl, 3, saves injured pregnant mum with 999 call
14:36 05 January 2016
A ‘phenomenal’ three-year-old girl has been praised for potentially saving the life of her mother and unborn brother following an accident at home.
Emma Bazzard dialled 999 when her heavily-pregnant mother Catherine fell down a flight of stairs and lay unconscious.
With her mother motionless on the floor, Emma calmly called for an ambulance and managed to direct paramedics to their home in Nailsea so Catherine could be treated.
Her actions were rewarded with praise and a certificate from South Western Ambulance Service, which Emma received on December 23.
Catherine has made a full recovery and has given birth to baby George since the accident last month, but paramedic Alison Beresford said without Emma the story may not have had a happy ending.
She said: “We are delighted to learn that both mum and baby are doing well.
“If it wasn’t for Emma’s bravery then the outcome of this incident might have been very different and we would like to personally thank her for being so brave.”
Catherine was left unconscious on November 12 when she tripped, fell and banged her head.
Emergency call-handler Sarah Morris spoke to Emma for 11 minutes as she tried to get as many details from the youngster as possible, including whether Catherine was bleeding and if the door was unlocked to ensure the paramedics could get in.
Catherine said Emma was ‘phenomenal’ in her hour of need.
She added: “I do not recall a great deal about the incident, but by all accounts Emma was absolutely amazing and so knowledgeable and calm.
“I think this highlights how important it is to teach your child how to call 999 because they are never too young to put what they’ve learnt into practice.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Emma.”
Emma received her certificate from the ambulance station in Nailsea last week and met up with the team which she called in November.
Sarah said: “When I first spoke to the little girl I knew that she was young, but was amazed to discover that she was only three.
“The amount of detail she was able to provide was incredible.
“She answered every question I put to her more calmly than most adults under similar circumstances.”