A PAIR of little life-savers ‘rang’ to the rescue when their grandmother suffered a fall.
Quick-thinking Millie Stephenson, nine, and little sister Erin, six, made a vital call to paramedics when 64-year-old Anne Jobling collapsed while making their tea.
Millie, a Year 5 pupil at St Matthew’s School, Jarrow, was ready to rise to the challenge – because she’s recently been given first aid lessons in school by the Skillforce education charity.
The two sisters also have a medical backround, as their mum Keeley Stephenson, 38, is a nurse at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Milie made sure her grandmother was in the recovery position and called 999, while also keeping her anxious little sister calm after Mrs Jobling fell at her home in Hylton Road in Primrose, Jarrow, on January 30.
Millie, who lives in Wellesley Street, Jarrow, with her mum and sister, also contacted a neighbour and gave the address details to the emergency services to ensure paramedics got Mrs Jobling to hospital as soon as possible.
Mrs Jobling was given the all-clear after a night in hospital and an MRI scan, but is grateful her grandchildren were there to come to her rescue. Mrs Jobling said: “I had picked up the children from school and was getting their tea out of the oven when I remember saying, ‘I feel sick’.
“The next thing I remember was seeing three paramedics in the house.
“Apparently I fell, but I still don’t remember anything. I fell on the kitchen floor and was having a seizure.
“I’m really, really proud. They did so well.”
She added: “When my husband found out, he was devastated but he was so proud that the girls had coped so well.”
It was while Mrs Jobling was prone on the kitchen floor that Millie and Erin sprung into action.
Erin told her sister to call the emergency services but she was already doing it. Millie said: “I phoned the ambulance first and asked whether I should give her CPR or put her in the recovery position.
“They asked if she was breathing and I said she was, so they said put her in the recovery position but she didn’t need CPR.
“Erin was a bit scared. The operator told me to keep calm, just like I was doing.”
The experience has only strengthened Millie’s wish to follow in mum’s footsteps and join the medical profession – or be an Olympic swimmer.
She added: “I would like to be a nurse when I grow up, and I have always wanted to be an Olympic swimmer too.”
The Stephenson sisters were named star pupils of the week by their school and had a special assembly where they were praised by their headteacher, Martin Humble.
Mr Humble said: “The school is incredibly proud of both of the girls and with how well they coped with the situation. They are little life-savers.”
Mags Torley, deputy headteacher at the school, added: “We have had Skillforce coming in for the past 18 months as a pilot scheme. They teach non-acaemic skills, like navigation and first aid.
“They are real-life skills and this goes to show it. It really is a direct result of what the children have been learning.
“We are very proud of the girls.”