Hero boy, 5, saves mum’s life by calling number on toy ambulance

A brave five-year-old boy saved his mum's life after she fell into a coma by dialling the emergency number on his toy ambulance.

The quick-thinking boy helped save his beloved mum as she lay in the diabetic coma unconscious on the floor.

Josh Chapman discovered his mum Caroline passed out in the sitting room of their home in Telford, Shropshire, and quickly leapt into action.

The young boy spotted the number 112 on the side of his toy ambulance and dialled it, reports Daily Record.

Josh was connected to a police operator as the number connects straight to emergency services, and is recognised in Europe.

Proud mum Caroline, 41, said Josh called the number and told paramedics: "Mummy was playing cars and then her eyes closed."

Officers were able to locate Josh and his younger brother at the property and paramedics arrived to treat Caroline.

Full-time mum-of-two Caroline said little Josh managed to dial for help despite never using a phone before – thanks to his favourite toy ambulance.

She had been playing in the sitting room at home in Telford, Shropshire, with Josh and her other son Harry, who is 18-months-old, when she collapsed on July 28.

Caroline 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."

She went on: "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.

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"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 told them, 'mummy was playing cars and now her eyes have closed'. They stayed on the phone with him until they got here."

Caroline explained: "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."

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

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

Pint-sized hero Josh told how his heroics were inspired by his favourite toy ambulance.

He said: "Mummy had been playing toys and then suddenly she stopped.

"Her eyes closed and then she was asleep on the floor. I thought I better call the doctor.

Brave Josh was later invited for a tour of his local police station, where he was shown around by officers.

Caroline said: "He had a wonderful day sitting in all the cars. They said he was a little hero and I can't argue with that. We're incredibly proud of him."

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And Josh added: "I had a lot of fun at the police station and now I want to be a police officer when I grow up."

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."

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