Wow, what a super grandson 6-year-old Jack Fradley is!
The cool-headed youngster not only raised the alarm when his 61-year-old granny Maggie fell unconscious, but also made sure his 4-year-old sister Lexie was safe and occupied with kids’ TV while the whole drama unfolded.
Jack had found his granny out cold on her bedroom floor, and when he couldn’t wake her up, he calmly dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance. And once he knew they were on their way, he sat his little sister down in front of the TV, so he could stay with Maggie until help arrived.
Maggie had been looking after Jack and Lexie at her home in Stoke-on-Trent last Thursday, when she started to feel ill. She went to bed, but passed out the next morning, which was when Jack found her on her bedroom floor.
Jack’s mum Dawn said her son knew what to do because they’d watched an item about the emergency services and 999 calls on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
“It was horrible for Jack to be in that situation but if he hadn’t been there my mum would probably be dead,” Dawn said, according to the Daily Express.
“It was only two weeks ago I saw something on Good Morning Britain and spoke to Jack about what to do in an emergency. He obviously paid attention but I never expected him to have to make a call.”
Dawn added that she wanted to let other people know just how important it is for children to know what to do if someone falls ill, or has an accident. We quite agree!
Jack’s proud dad Wayne said the ambulance crew had been full of praise for how Jack had handled the sitch.
“The paramedics told me how well he’d done in phoning for an ambulance and how calm he was when they got to the house,” Wayne said.
“Words can’t describe how proud we are of him. He saved his nana’s life, but not only that he also looked after his little sister.
“Situations like that can be frightening for children, anyone can panic really, and Jack stayed calm and had things under control.”
Brave Jack said that when he ‘couldn’t wake nana up’, he sprang into action, taking Lexie downstairs and letting the dogs out. HOW sensible is this little lad, eh?
“I went back upstairs to try to wake nana up again but she didn’t get up so I phoned 999 and waited for the ambulance to come,” he said.
“I’m very happy she is getting better. I knew when I saw her and couldn’t wake her up I had to call an ambulance.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said that Jack made the call at 9.34am last Friday morning, and reiterated how important it is for little ones to learn how to call 999.
“Teaching children to react sensibly when an emergency happens is really important, so if one does occur when they are on their own with an adult, what they do could ultimately be lifesaving,” they said.
Well done, Jack – you really are a total superstar (and we’re really happy to report that grandma Maggie is on the mend, too.)