Kids save diabetic dad with 999 call - and cereal!

NEAS call handler talks children through drama

Proud father Neil Sims owes his life to his two quick-thinking children who called NEAS for help.

Mr Sims, a diabetic, collapsed in his South Shields home and lay all night, struggling to breathe, as he drifted in and out of consciousness.

Luckily, his two children Kyra, 11, and Neil Jnr, 9, did all the right things when they found him the following morning.

NEAS call handler Brian Emberson talked Kyra and Neil through the incident - and has now presented them with NEAS Certificates of Commendation.

The quick-thinking pair sprang into action, raising the alarm with a 999 call.

The tattooist, who has been a diabetic for 30 years, says he owes his life to his youngsters.

Neil said: "I couldn't be more proud of them and want everyone to know what they did.

"As I was lying there, I couldn't move, but I was aware of the sounds going on around me.

"I don't know what I would have done if Kyra and Neil hadn't been there over the weekend.

"I genuinely think I would have slipped into a diabetic coma and my body would have been found on the Monday.

"I'd already lay there all night, so I think it was just my liver's reserves keeping me alive."

Neil had suffered a hypoglycemia attack after not eating enough sugar the previous day.

Mr Sims says he has suffered many 'hypos' but is normally able to quickly recover.

This time, though, he was left paralysed, as the episode started late at night as he watched television.

He said: "It was the worst hypo I've ever had. I normally have my diabetes quite well under control and, when I have had one before, I wake up and can sort myself out.

"I am just so thankful my children were there.

"I spent all night in the living room. I couldn't move or shout."

When Kyra and Neil, discovered their father, Kyra immediately unlocked her father's mobile phone and rang for help.

During an emotionally-charged call, the youngster broke down and told the call handler: "Nothing like this has happened to him before, he is shaking a lot, his eyes are half closed, and he's making funny sounds."

Acting on advice from the ambulance control room, the two children manage to move Mr Sims into the recovery position and drip-feed him sugary cereal to help bring him round. When the paramedics arrived, they gave Mr Sims an intravenous glucose injection and he quickly started to recover.

He said: "I'm definitely going to be spoiling them for what they did.

"They are my little heroes."

A spokeswoman for North East Ambulance Service said: "Anyone listening to the 999 call couldn't fail to be moved by how Kyra and her brother, Neil, went to help their dad.

"Considering their age, they both showed great maturity in dealing with what was clearly a very traumatic and distressing situation.

"Kyra remained incredibly calm considering what was happening.

"She gave clear and concise answers to questions from our call handler, providing all the vital information, and made sure her dad stayed awake.

"We know Mr Sims is extremely proud of his daughter and son, and quite rightly so. Kyra and her brother were magnificent."

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