Boy, 5, saves mother's life after finding her in diabetic coma

Quick-thinking five-year-old boy saves mother’s life after finding her in diabetic coma and dialling ‘112’ on side of his European-model toy ambulance – connecting him to 999 team in UK

  • Josh Chapman helped save his mother’s life after she fell into a diabetic coma
  • The five-year-old boy dialled 112, after seeing the number on his toy ambulance
  • Josh was connected to a police operator after calling the European 999 number
  • He was praised for his ‘brave’ actions and given a tour of his local police station 

A quick-thinking five-year-old boy helped save his mother’s life – by dialling the number on the side of his toy ambulance.

Josh Chapman was playing with his younger brother Harry when his mother Caroline collapsed in their home in Telford, Shropshire, on July 28.

Despite never having used a phone before, Josh managed to dial 112 for help, after spotting the number on the side of his European-model toy ambulance. 

The phone number 112 is the European emergency number which provides the same purpose as 999 – meaning Josh was connected to police operator. 

Josh Chapman dialled 112 after his mother Caroline collapsed in their home in Telford, Shropshire, after seeing the number on his toy ambulance

The five-year-old called the European emergency number and was put through to a 999 police operator after Caroline (above) went into a diabetic coma on July 28

Caroline said Josh told the paramedics: ‘Mummy was playing cars and then her eyes closed.’

Officers were quickly able to locate Josh and his 18-month-old brother at the property.

Paramedics also arrived to treat Caroline, who had fallen into a diabetic coma. 

Josh was praised for his ‘quick-thinking’ and ‘brave’ actions, and was even invited for a tour of his local police station on Tuesday. 

Caroline, 41, said: ‘I had just been playing cars with the boys and I suddenly blacked out.

‘I woke up surrounded by paramedics – and a lot of toys – and they explained to me that Josh had called them and given them our address.

‘I couldn’t quite believe it. He has never used a phone before. He had looked at the number on the side of his toy ambulance and dialled 112.

‘I didn’t even know that number was on there but it worked and I am so proud of him.’ 

The emergency services stayed on the phone with Josh until they arrived at the property. 

Josh had never used a phone before but managed to call for help and police officers and paramedics were quickly able to locate him and his 18-month-old brother Harry

Josh was praised for his ‘quick-thinking’ and ‘brave’ actions, and was even invited for a tour of his local police station on Tuesday (above)

Caroline added: ‘Usually I feel my levels dropping but this time I didn’t. He said he went to fetch some sweeties but there was none in the jar so he called an ambulance. 

‘He loves his cars and the emergency vehicles are his favourites. So he went straight to his favourite toy for assistance.

‘There were toy cars everywhere by the time police and paramedics got here and my youngest son had fallen asleep on me.

‘It must have been quite a scene but the emergency services were great.’

Her husband Neil, 40, an RAF photographer, returned home to find police and ambulances surrounding their home.

Caroline said: ‘A neighbour had to rush out and tell him not to worry. He was amazed Josh knew what to do as well.

‘The police invited us down to our local station and he had a wonderful day sitting in all the cars on Tuesday.

‘They said he was a little hero and I can’t argue with that. We’re incredibly proud of him.’ 

Caroline, 41, said she woke up surrounded by paramedics who told her that Josh had called them for help and given his address

Telford local policing commander Superintendent Jim Baker said West Mercia Police were full of admiration for Josh’s heroic actions.

He said: ‘This was an incredible thing for Josh to do, his quick-thinking saw him ring the number on his toy ambulance as he was worried about his mum.

‘He was very brave and stayed on the line while we were able to get to the family’s home and make sure his mum got medical assistance.

‘Josh has already proved he would make a brilliant police officer in the future.

‘Hopefully we’ll see him again when he’s old enough as a new recruit.’

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