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Young girl recognised for helping her pregnant mum

Press release - 18 January 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust staff have praised a four-year-old girl who came to the rescue of her heavily pregnant mother when she collapsed recently.

Paris Ditch was at her home in Gillingham when her mum, Laura Ditch, suffered an epileptic fit on Wednesday, 2 December 2009.

Paris, who has never been alone at home with her mum when she has previously suffered an episode, quickly went to her mum's aid and attempted to break her fall. She then raised the alarm and called her grandmother, Karen Ditch.

Karen said: “Paris was very brave she told me that mummy had fallen and that she couldn't wake her up.  I then got on to another phone and called 999 immediately.”

Medway staff Ken Wallace and Chris Billett, who responded to the emergency, were keen to see Paris recognised for her bravery.

Ken said: “When we arrived we found Paris with her mother, who was 36 weeks pregnant at the time.

“Paris did very well to raise the alarm and get the help her mum needed.  Her family should be very proud of her.  This clearly highlights how important it is for parents to teach their children what they need to do in an emergency.”

Laura was taken to Medway Hospital where she stayed for a few days as a precaution. She then gave birth to a baby boy, Tyrese, a week later.

Karen said: “We are immensely proud of Paris.  This affected her for quite a while afterwards and it is so lovely that the ambulance service has recognised what she did on that day for her mum.”

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