A QUICK-thinking seven-year-old has been hailed a hero after saving his grandad’s life.
Adam Smith was at home in Pennywell, Sunderland, with sister Amy, three, when 76-year-old Bob Donkin collapsed with severe chest pains.
Mr Donkin was having a heart attack but Adam kept calm and dialled 999 after he and Amy helped their grandad to lie down.
The youngster went and got the pensioner’s medication to show the ambulance crew when they arrived.
He also locked their dog in another room, all while looking after his little sister, on January 2.
The siblings will now be rewarded with certificates of merit from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) for their bravery.
Retired shipyard worker Mr Donkin, widowed two years ago, was babysitting the youngsters while their parents – Bob’s daughter Andrea, 40, and her husband James Smith, 31 – had gone out for a meal.
Mrs Smith said a police officer telephoned the couple to tell them what had happened.
She said: “My dad was in the kitchen with a pain in his chest and Adam and Amy helped him back into the sitting room and onto the settee before Adam rang 999. He saved my dad’s life without a doubt.”
Mr Donkin was operated on at Newcastle’s Freeman hospital and is now recovering at home.
Mrs Smith added: “He is tired but doing well. He was operated on straight away. We didn’t even get to see him. We nearly lost him and it gave us all a real fright.
“I’m immensely proud of Adam. You can’t put it into words. My dad wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t done what he did.”
A spokeswoman for the NEAS said: “Given their ages, Adam and Amy did remarkably well to keep cool heads.
“Being with someone who is suffering a heart attack can be a traumatic and distressing experience, so to have the presence of mind to call 999, which probably saved their grandad’s life, is something that deserves public recognition.
“Their actions were a great help to the paramedic, and as a result, we will be awarding Adam and Amy with official North East Ambulance Service Certificates of Merit.”
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