Seven-year-old Lauren saves mum with 999 call
County Durham schoolgirl raises alarm after mum collapses at wheel
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl who calmly dialled 999 for an ambulance
after her diabetic mother blacked out at the wheel has been praised
Caroline Price, 38, from Coundon, near Bishop Auckland,
County Durham, was driving to Sainsbury's with her daughter,
Lauren, seven, in the back seat, when she suddenly felt herself
slipping into unconsciousness.
Mrs Price managed to bring her car to a halt safely, but passed
out at the wheel.
Fortunately, Lauren had seen her father, Darren, ring for an
ambulance when her mother was taken ill on an earlier occasion.
So the schoolgirl used her mother's mobile phone to ring 999 for
Lauren not only answered all of the questions from ambulance
controllers, but kept talking until an emergency vehicle arrived at
Yesterday, Dave Brammer, the Rapid Response Paramedic who
attended the incident and treated Mrs Price at the scene, presented
Lauren with a framed commendation from the North East Ambulance
Mr Brammer said: "Lauren was absolutely superb. She stayed calm
and answered all the questions we needed to know about her
Mrs Price, who has made a full recovery, said: "I'm very proud
of her. She was sitting in the back when I started to feel
"I managed to pull over before collapsing, but that's all I can
remember. Everything went black. When I came round the paramedic
was there, and he had pumped me full of glucose.
"I don't know what would have happened if Lauren wasn't there.
She's only just turned seven, but we have always told her from a
young age what to do in this sort of situation. Ring 999. She's my
"She has been there when it happened before and my husband had
to call for ambulance. I can't actually remember where I stopped
the car. I think Lauren gave them a rough idea of where we were and
then they put a trace on the call."
A spokesman for Diabetes UK said hypoglycemia, when the blood
sugar levels drop to a low level, "is potentially life-threatening
if there is no medical assistance."