‘They saved my life’ - brothers hailed as heroes for 999 call after mum suffered seizures

PRAISE: Sam Henney with her sons Callum, 10, and Drew, 12

PRAISE: Sam Henney with her sons Callum, 10, and Drew, 12

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A PAIR of young brothers have been hailed as heroes after saving their mum’s life by calling 999.

Callum and Drew Henney, aged 10 and 12, from Spittlefields, 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 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.”

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9:41am Thu 24 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

Very well done lads!

Keeping clam in that situation must have been very difficult. You are both a credit to your mum and the ambulance service operator's skills at helping you stay calm.
Very well done lads! Keeping clam in that situation must have been very difficult. You are both a credit to your mum and the ambulance service operator's skills at helping you stay calm. Morrigan
  • Score: 15

11:39am Thu 24 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

How many times a year do I hear this same old story There was a 3 year old on the news the other week that had done the same thing. I expect one day to read of a foetus that reaches out from the womb to dial 999 as it detected it's mother was ill or drunk or whatever.
How many times a year do I hear this same old story There was a 3 year old on the news the other week that had done the same thing. I expect one day to read of a foetus that reaches out from the womb to dial 999 as it detected it's mother was ill or drunk or whatever. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -17

12:35pm Thu 24 Apr 14

stevobath says...

Surely nothing an intelligent 10 or 12 year old would have the sense to do?
Maybe a 3 year old phoning would be newsworthy?

Puzzled why this is such an amazing incident?

I wish the lady well but don't see this as anything but normal thing to do.
Surely nothing an intelligent 10 or 12 year old would have the sense to do? Maybe a 3 year old phoning would be newsworthy? Puzzled why this is such an amazing incident? I wish the lady well but don't see this as anything but normal thing to do. stevobath
  • Score: -14

1:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Paul Weaver says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
How many times a year do I hear this same old story There was a 3 year old on the news the other week that had done the same thing. I expect one day to read of a foetus that reaches out from the womb to dial 999 as it detected it's mother was ill or drunk or whatever.
Sad little man these boys have done am amazing thing dealing with something like this at their age. You really need to get a life instead of using someone else's in this way.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: How many times a year do I hear this same old story There was a 3 year old on the news the other week that had done the same thing. I expect one day to read of a foetus that reaches out from the womb to dial 999 as it detected it's mother was ill or drunk or whatever.[/p][/quote]Sad little man these boys have done am amazing thing dealing with something like this at their age. You really need to get a life instead of using someone else's in this way. Paul Weaver
  • Score: 6

1:04pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Paul Weaver says...

stevobath wrote:
Surely nothing an intelligent 10 or 12 year old would have the sense to do?
Maybe a 3 year old phoning would be newsworthy?

Puzzled why this is such an amazing incident?

I wish the lady well but don't see this as anything but normal thing to do.
Same comment as that made to Sir Beachy Head.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Surely nothing an intelligent 10 or 12 year old would have the sense to do? Maybe a 3 year old phoning would be newsworthy? Puzzled why this is such an amazing incident? I wish the lady well but don't see this as anything but normal thing to do.[/p][/quote]Same comment as that made to Sir Beachy Head. Paul Weaver
  • Score: 5

6:23pm Thu 24 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

Well done fellas, nice to see youngsters showing iniatative.
Well done fellas, nice to see youngsters showing iniatative. O'Reilly
  • Score: 3

8:30pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

What with our now dumbed down school exam standards, hitting three 9's in a row without error is probably a pass at g c s e maths.
What with our now dumbed down school exam standards, hitting three 9's in a row without error is probably a pass at g c s e maths. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -3

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