Four-year-old Prestatyn girl saves grandmother's life

Published date: 06 February 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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A QUICK-thinking four-year-old girl saved her grandmother’s life after she collapsed while looking after her in her Prestatyn home.

Diabetic, Tracey Alderson, of Milbank Road, Rhyl, was babysitting little Amelia Helsbey at her daughter, Stacey Armstrong’s home in Ffordd Penrhwylfa, when she suffered a hypoglycemia attack, triggered when blood sugar levels are low and which can lead to a coma, seizure and possibly irreversible brain damage if untreated.

“All I can remember is having a hypo and sitting on my daughter’s bed,” said Tracey, 41.

“I tried to call my partner, Andrew, to tell him to come round.

“I was on my hands and knees leaning over the bed and I must have been trying to get up and I just collapsed.”

Amelia, who attends nursery at Ysgol Clawdd Offa discovered her unconscious and despite hardly being able to read, she used her grandmother’s phone to find her mum’s number and alerted her to the situation.

Stacey, aged 21, who was working in a care home at the time, said: “When I answered the phone, Amelia said ‘mum, nana is on the floor’.

“I asked her to put my mum on, so she tried to put the phone to her ear – I could hear her mumbling and I knew that she had collapsed.”

Stacey alerted the emergency services and told Amelia to speak to them through the letter box before letting them in.

On their arrival the front door was locked, so Amelia, unable to unlock the door, directed the paramedics around the back of the house and managed to let them in the back door.

“I ran back from work and she had already let the paramedics in,” said Stacey.

Amelia was rewarded for coming to the aid of her grandmother.

“She was given a certificate at the hospital and she keeps saying she is a hero,” added Stacey.

Proud grandmother Tracey said: “She is my little star.

“She has saved my life.

“I just keep praising her - she is my little princess.”

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