An eight-year-old saved her mum from possible death by calmly calling for paramedics after seeing her have a seizure.
Matilda Mansfield, from Ripon Close, Far Cotton, suddenly heard her mum, Miar, shout for help after having an epilepsy attack just after they arrived home from school.
Without panicking, she alerted a call centre via her mum’s pendant alarm, which connects to a private company’s call centre.
After explaining over the telephone that her mum was having a seizure, the call handler sent paramedics to her aid.
An emotional Mrs Kennedy said afterwards: “Tilly was absolutely fantastic. If there is no intervention during my fits, they just go on. There is a risk of a stroke or brain damage. There’s no doubt about it, it was vital. She really did a terrific job. I’m so proud of her.”
Mrs Kennedy, 48, has a form of epilepsy that means she is aware of her surroundings, but unable to talk or move her arms during a seizure.
She felt an attack come on as she got back to her house and was just able to call to Matilda before it struck.
The eight-year-old, who was in another room, rushed to her mother’s side and immediately used the emergency pendant, telling the call taker: “Mum is having a fit, please could you send an ambulance.”
Another of Mrs Kennedy’s three daughters, Lotty, aged 13, then arrived back from school and, seeing what was happening, sat with her mum to make sure she did not injure herself.
When the paramedics arrived, they were able to administer medication to bring her out of the seizure, but with difficulty. They then took her to Northampton General Hospital where she had another seizure under observation for an hour and 45 minutes.
However, she is now no worse for her ordeal.
Oldest daughter Alice, aged 19, said: “Tilly and Lotty both deserve some recognition.
“They really saved our mum.
“To be so calm must have been very difficult.
“The whole family think they’re brilliant.”
Miar Kennedy has epilepsy as a side effect of surgery to remove a brain tumour.
The type of seizure she had was status epilepticus, where convulsions or a cluster of convulsions last more than half-an-hour.
According to the Epilepsy Action charity, status epilepticus can cause death because the body struggles to circulate oxygen.
It can cause brain damage, or in extreme cases, death.
Quick intervention is particularly important as the longer a seizure lasts, the less likely it is to stop on its own, without drugs.
When someone has status epilepticus, a medical professional will usually give them an injection of the drug diazepam, either at the scene of the seizure or later on in hospital.