Five-year-old saves mums life by dialling number on side of toy ambulance

When little Josh Chapman found his mum lying unconscious on the floor, he picked up his toy ambulance and found the number on the side.

The five-year-old called 112 and was put through to a police operator.

The number is the European emergency line but also works in the UK and puts the caller through to the same place as 999.

Josh was able to tell the operator that his mum wasn’t well and they needed help.

Officers were then able to locate Josh and his younger brother Josh at their home in Telford, Shropshire, and paramedics arrived to treat Caroline. ≈

Caroline had slipped into a diabetic coma and needed help quickly, but thanks to Josh, emergency services were able to treat her.

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

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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