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Sisters praised for bravery

Press release - 16 July 2010

A South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) call taker has praised the brave actions of two sisters from Crowborough after their mum became unwell.

Caller taker, Robin Kissack, based in the Kent control centre in Coxheath, commended the sisters after they called 999 over the Easter holidays.

Niamh (9) and Darcy (6) Bradbury from Rotherfield came to their mum, Jo’s, aid after she became acutely unwell on Thursday, 8 April.

Niamh had to call for an ambulance after her mum suffered breathing problems which was caused by the severe stomach pain she was suffering from.

Jo had woken that morning with pains in her stomach but brushed them off as just a bug. However, very quickly the pain developed and she was forced to call on Niamh to dial 999.

Jo said: “The pain got so bad that it started to affect my breathing. This is when I told Niamh to call her Dad. But before he arrived, I told Niamh she would have to call for an ambulance.

“I don’t remember a great deal after that but we are so very proud of both the girls. They were very brave.”

Robin, who was keen to see the girls recognised, presented them with certificates at a special assembly at their school in Rotherfield

Robin said: “Niamh did a fantastic job of looking after mum and her sister during a difficult situation.  She followed all of my instructions and even her sister Darcy, keen to help, kept watch for the ambulance while I spoke with Niamh.

“This call clearly highlights how important it is to teach children what to do in an emergency as you never know when you may need to call for an ambulance.

“Simply teaching children your home address and telephone number will help us in getting help to you as quickly as possible.”

Jo was taken to Kent and Sussex Hospital where she was kept under observation for three days.  It is suspected that she suffered acute gastroenteritis.


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