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Schoolgirl's actions save her mum's life.

Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter

A MUM today says a big thank you to the person who saved her life - her daughter.

When Claire Fox fell unconscious after a severe hypoglycemic attack, her 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, sprung into action.

The schoolgirl dialled 999 as she hauled her mum into the recovery position while trying to wake her up.

Calmly, Brooke was able to tell the emergency operator her mum's blood sugar levels, while also administering a glucose drink in an effort to bring her round. Claire, 42, said: "I can't remember anything about what happened but I know what she did for me was incredibly brave. I lover her so much and am so proud."

A diabetic for more than 20 years, Claire suffers from a rare form of the condition which means she has no symptoms of an attack coming on.

The full-time mum had been watching a film with her daughter at their Ashington home when she suddenly slumped unconscious. "We were just sitting in front of the television and I must have had a hypo because the next thing I remember was the ambulance men all standing round me."

Brooke, a pupil at the Northumberland Church of England Academy, had gone to wake her mum, thinking she was asleep.

"She has grown up knowing I am diabetic, so she knew straight away I must have had an attack," said Claire.

"She did all the right things, ringing for an ambulance and even trying to squirt a special glucose drink in an effort to boost my blood sugar levels."

Hypoglycemia occurs when the level of glucose present in the blood fall below a set point. In the most severe cases, patients can fall into a coma and sometimes die. Now Brooke has been awarded a special certificate from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) for her quick thinking actions.

Paramedic Ian Delf and ambulance care assistant Wendy Lillico, were the two medics called to Claire's home following the attack.

On Wednesday they returned to present Brooke with her award.

Ian said: "Most people, when they are going into a hypo, start to feel unwell but Claire is one of those unfortunate diabetics who don't get any warning, it can just come on and hit her like a steam train. These are much more dangerous and undoubtedly can be fatal.

"In Brooke's attempts to save her mum, she had tried to move her into the recovery position and had taken her blood sugar which she had already given to the call taker and was able to give us when we arrived. She was so calm when we got there, we thought she was just fantastic."

Claire, who has an older daughter Robyn, 22, who lives in Australia, added: "Brooke is inspirational really with the way she dealt with the situation. It's really nice that Ian and Wendy want to recognise her in this way."


Claire Fox and her daughter Brooke with paramedics Ian Delf and Wendy Willico

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2015
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