A PAIR of young brothers from Ringwood have been hailed as heroes after saving their mum’s life by calling 999.
Callum and Drew Henney, aged 10 and 12, from Spittlefields, near Ringwood, have been awarded certificates from the ambulance service for their bravery and ability to remain calm after their mum, Sam Henney, had a seizure at their family home.
The two boys were eating their dinner when their mother went upstairs after feeling unwell.
It was not until the two boys were wanting dessert that they then found their mum having a fit on the bed.
“They tried to put me into the recovery position but I was too heavy for them,” said Miss Henney.
“My eldest dialled 999. The ambulance crew later informed me how their quick thinking saved my life and they were amazed how calm and grown up they sounded.”
She added: “The seizures were very bad and the ambulance crew had to ask for police assistance to the hospital, where the fits lasted approximately from 8pm to the early hours of the morning.”
Miss Henney was later told she suffered from a Tonic-Clonic seizure, formerly known as grand mal, which affects the entire brain and makes the muscles tighten and the body stiffen.
Miss Henney has only experienced one other seizure back in October and tests have shown the cause to be “severe anxiety and stress”.
Drew, who is a pupil at Ringwood School, said: “I came up and she was lying in the bed having a seizure.
“I put pillows either side of her so she wouldn’t hurt herself. I was quite scared but I knew as soon as the ambulance got here it would be a lot better.”
After being told he had been given the award, the 12-year-old added: “I was surprised and excited.
“I have never been given an award like this before.”
His younger brother Callum, who attends Ringwood Junior School, said he was “very happy” to receive the award.
The 10-year-old added: “My friends think it’s really cool.”