'Little star' saves her mum by ringing 999

The Northern Echo: Lauren Price Pic: Chris Booth Lauren Price Pic: Chris Booth

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl who calmly dialled 999 for an ambulance after her diabetic mother blacked out at the wheel has been praised by paramedics.

Caroline Price, 38, from Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was driving to Sainsbury’s with her daughter, Lauren, seven, in the back seat, when she suddenly felt herself slipping into unconsciousness.

Mrs Price managed to bring her car to a halt safely, but passed out at the wheel.

Fortunately, Lauren had seen her father, Darren, ring for an ambulance when her mother was taken ill on an earlier occasion.

So the Victoria Lane Academy schoolgirl used her mother’s mobile phone to ring 999 for an ambulance.

Lauren, who has a 17-year-old sister, Samantha, not only answered all of the questions from ambulance controllers, but kept talking until an emergency vehicle arrived at the scene.

Yesterday, Dave Brammer, the rapid response paramedic who attended the incident and treated Mrs Price at the scene, presented Lauren with a framed commendation from the North East Ambulance Service.

Mr Brammer said: “Lauren was absolutely superb. She stayed calm and answered all the questions we needed to know about her mum.”

Mrs Price, who has made a full recovery, said: “I’m very proud of her. She was sitting in the back when I started to feel unwell.

"I managed to pull over before collapsing, but that’s all I can remember. Everything went black. When I came round the paramedic was there, and he had pumped me full of glucose.

“I don’t know what would have happened if Lauren wasn’t there. She’s only just turned seven, but we have always told her from a young age what to do in this sort of situation. Ring 999. She’s my little star.

“She has been there when it happened before and my husband had to call for ambulance. I can’t actually remember where I stopped the car. I think Lauren gave them a rough idea of where we were and then they put a trace on the call.”

A spokesman for Diabetes UK said hypoglycaemia, when the blood sugar levels drop to a low level, “is potentially life-threatening if there is no medical assistance.”

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2:33am Tue 8 Apr 14

mark mc says...

I was the dog walker who this little girl wound her window down to ask for assistance and directions. What a brave calm little girl she is all she needed was help with where she was she had done everything else herself. Her dad arrived then the paramedics and ive always wondered and hoped the lady was ok and pleased to read this :)
I was the dog walker who this little girl wound her window down to ask for assistance and directions. What a brave calm little girl she is all she needed was help with where she was she had done everything else herself. Her dad arrived then the paramedics and ive always wondered and hoped the lady was ok and pleased to read this :) mark mc
  • Score: 10

8:01am Tue 8 Apr 14

diga says...

Well done, Lauren!
Well done, Lauren! diga
  • Score: 5

9:37am Tue 8 Apr 14

Samanthap25 says...

So proud of my little sister , she was so brave. My mam wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her.
So proud of my little sister , she was so brave. My mam wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her. Samanthap25
  • Score: 6

9:38am Tue 8 Apr 14

Samanthap25 says...

mark mc wrote:
I was the dog walker who this little girl wound her window down to ask for assistance and directions. What a brave calm little girl she is all she needed was help with where she was she had done everything else herself. Her dad arrived then the paramedics and ive always wondered and hoped the lady was ok and pleased to read this :)
So proud of my little sister , she was so brave. My mam wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her. And Mark thank you so much! :)
[quote][p][bold]mark mc[/bold] wrote: I was the dog walker who this little girl wound her window down to ask for assistance and directions. What a brave calm little girl she is all she needed was help with where she was she had done everything else herself. Her dad arrived then the paramedics and ive always wondered and hoped the lady was ok and pleased to read this :)[/p][/quote]So proud of my little sister , she was so brave. My mam wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her. And Mark thank you so much! :) Samanthap25
  • Score: 5

4:36pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mark mc says...

Not a problem Samantha Lauren had done everything she possibly could and you should all be very proud of her. Just pleased ur mum is well
Not a problem Samantha Lauren had done everything she possibly could and you should all be very proud of her. Just pleased ur mum is well mark mc
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Samanthap25 says...

mark mc wrote:
Not a problem Samantha Lauren had done everything she possibly could and you should all be very proud of her. Just pleased ur mum is well
Lauren is on BBC 1 look north tonight and she mentions you. We had no idea she had asked for help until she said yesterday afternoon. But yes my mam is ok now thank you 😊
[quote][p][bold]mark mc[/bold] wrote: Not a problem Samantha Lauren had done everything she possibly could and you should all be very proud of her. Just pleased ur mum is well[/p][/quote]Lauren is on BBC 1 look north tonight and she mentions you. We had no idea she had asked for help until she said yesterday afternoon. But yes my mam is ok now thank you 😊 Samanthap25
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mark mc says...

Yeah just seen samantha Again very very proud of Lauren well done :)

If theres anything yourself or your mam need to know dont hesitate to ask and I will try anwser anything you may need :)
Yeah just seen samantha Again very very proud of Lauren well done :) If theres anything yourself or your mam need to know dont hesitate to ask and I will try anwser anything you may need :) mark mc
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8:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Samanthap25 says...

mark mc wrote:
Yeah just seen samantha Again very very proud of Lauren well done :)

If theres anything yourself or your mam need to know dont hesitate to ask and I will try anwser anything you may need :)
Thank you 😊
[quote][p][bold]mark mc[/bold] wrote: Yeah just seen samantha Again very very proud of Lauren well done :) If theres anything yourself or your mam need to know dont hesitate to ask and I will try anwser anything you may need :)[/p][/quote]Thank you 😊 Samanthap25
  • Score: 1

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