Hero Adam saves mum with 999 call
Certificate of Commendation for Hadston youngster
A quick-thinking seven-year-old with autism has been praised for
making a potentially life-saving 999 call after witnessing his
mother have an epileptic fit at home.
Despite having a speech and language impediment, Adam Carnaffin
from Hadston held his nerve to dial the emergency services and
alert them to the seizure his mum Sarah was having in the living
Amazingly, Adam did not know that the 43-year-old is registered
epileptic, as she had not had a fit for 10 years.
She had, however, told him the importance of calling 999, and
last week the youngster put what he has been taught into
In honour of his efforts, Adam, an only-child, was presented
with a North East Ambulance Service certificate of
Sarah, a registered nurse, is incredibly proud of her boy. She
said: "He is absolutely fantastic. He potentially saved me from
something really serious.
"From what I can gather, he rang 999 and said part of our
address and said that my mum is on the floor, shaking."
Sarah bit her tongue and was bleeding as a result of her fit.
But despite Adam's blood phobia and learning disabilities, he
sprang into action to make the all-important call.
It was logged at around 8.05am and paramedics arrived soon
after. Sarah had stopped fitting by then.
Felton's Bryan Stephenson, who is paramedic team leader at
Amble, attended the scene. He praised Adam's heroics.
He said: "Adam did a wonderful job. He should be an inspiration
to all children.
"For a seven-year-old, especially one with autism, to not panic
when his mum was having a fit and to call 999 is absolutely
"His mum was out of the fit when we arrived, but she was tired
and confused. You never know with a fit though; if it goes on and
on, it could cause permanent damage."
The youngster attends Cleaswell Hill School, in Choppington, and
he went in to school after the incident.
Later that day, he was given a special headmaster's award for
being a hero.
Proud headteacher Kevin Burdis described Adam's actions as
utterly astounding and an amazing achievement.
He said: "Adam has a speech and language impediment and the week
before this incident happened, he had been rewarded for the
improvements he had made. So when I heard from the taxi escorts who
bring Adam into school that he had been able to communicate with
the emergency services and help his mum in those circumstances I
was just blown away by."