Running a bath for her 6-year-old son, Julie Argent had no inkling of the danger that leaning over the bathtub could bring. The 34 year old, who was 8 months pregnant, suddenly passed out and fell unconscious into the tub.
Julie didn’t know it, but she was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a serious pregnancy condition that can cause your blood pressure to rise. Having blacked out, Julie was in danger of drowning and losing her second child, as the bath filled up with water.
But this is where her son Chay stepped in. The quick-thinking 6 year old turned off the taps filling the bath, phoned his grandmother and dialled 999.
Chay had learnt at a St John Ambulance Badgers First Aid Course that he needed to stay calm in an emergency and call for help, and he stayed on the line to the 999 operator for 12 minutes until help arrived.
Clara was rushed to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny where she was treated for pre-eclampsia. Two days later she gave birth by caesarean section to baby boy Loan, weighing 6lbs 15oz on 1 August.
“Chay knew from the start he had saved my life,” Julie from Talgarth in Mid Wales said. “It wasn’t until later on he realised he had saved two lives – when his little brother arrived safely in the world.
“I will never be able to thank him enough.
“The doctors and nurses were all talking about what he’d done. He was presented with a certificate from all the midwives and staff on the maternity ward for his outstanding bravery.
“Chay is extremely proud of his little brother. He is a great help with the new baby, fetching and carrying things and keeping him amused and gets lots of smiles from Loan in return.”
We can imagine when the boys are older, that Chay will love reminding his brother of this story. What a star!
Photo: Wales News Service