A mum has told of her “immense pride” in her two-year-old daughter who saved her life by helping her phone 999 after she collapsed.
Lisa-Marie Wyatt, 29, lost consciousness in the living room – but little Millie was on hand to help.
She dragged a chair into the kitchen and climbed onto the counter to retrieve her mum’s phone before poking her mum in the face to wake her up.
Childminder Lisa was able to dial 999 on speakerphone and call an ambulance while brave Millie cuddled her and comforted her little brother Freddie, eight months.
She found the baby’s dummy and gave it to him and then climbed on the sofa to keep a watch for the “nee-nor”.
Mum of three Lisa-Marie was rushed to hospital where doctors diagnosed peritonitis, caused by appendicitis, a life-threatening infection of the lining of the stomach.
Lisa-Marie from Launceston, Cornwall, said: “So many parents teach older children about 999 and I’ve never thought about teaching a two-year-old.
“Parents can find it annoying when children ask to play with their mobile but it has helped out in this case.
“Her experience with FaceTime especially helped because she always asks to speak to granddad.”
“Mollie is such a good girl.
” She has her doctor’s kit, her auntie is a nurse and her uncle and my dad are firefighters so maybe a career in the emergency services is in the family.
“I am so proud. I can’t believe she knew she needed to help me.”
Lisa-Marie had felt unwell for a few days but started to worry when she had excruciating stomach cramps last Wednesday.
She collapsed in the living room and banged her head on the floor, while her fiance Steve Davey, 37, an office manager, was out at work.
Lisa, whose seven-year-old son Ethan was at school, said: “My little girl woke me up and was poking my face but I was really out of it. I think I was in and out off consciousness.
“The next thing I remember she was saying, ‘phone granddad’ but I dialled 999 and spoke to them on speaker because I couldn’t move.
“The emergency services were really good on the phone and said they were going to send an ambulance straight away, which took 35 minutes.
“Luckily the back door was unlocked because I wouldn’t have been able to let them in.
“During that time Mollie was lying next to me with her arms around me. Her brother started crying so she gave him his dummy.
“She loves ambulances and calls them ‘nee-nors’ so I told her to get up onto the sofa to keep an eye out for the nee-nor.”
“I think it would have been around six hours until someone got home after I collapsed if she didn’t get me help.
“I was on the floor for ages and wouldn’t have been able to move.
“It was possible that I could have got sepsis and doctors were concerned about that to begin with.”
Lisa-Marie was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where she had an emergency operation to remove her appendix and stayed in for five days on antibiotics.
“The NHS is amazing but I am very happy to be home,” she said.
“I think it will be around two weeks before I’m back to normal.
“I have had so much help and support from my family and friends – I’ve had friends coming round to do the housework.”