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Little Brealyn's lifesaving call

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

HERO . . . Brealyn Adams with his mum Kathryn and EMAS medical dispatcher Jennie Kirkland.

HERO . . . Brealyn Adams with his mum Kathryn and EMAS medical dispatcher Jennie Kirkland.

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AN Ashby youngster has been praised for his quick thinking by ambulance staff after making a 999 call when his mum was having an epileptic seizure.

Four-year-old Brealyn Adams remained calm throughout the call and took instructions from emergency medical dispatcher Jennie Kirkland to make sure his mum Kathryn was comfortable and still breathing until paramedics arrived.

During the call, Jennie asked him what his mum was doing, to which he told her: "She is lying on the floor. She is in pain." He was then asked if Kathryn could tell him where the pain was, however he informed Jennie that his mum could not talk and that she was not awake. Jennie then told him to put his ear next to her mouth and see if he could hear if she was breathing.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has rewarded Brealyn for his bravery by presenting him with a certificate at its headquarters in Nottingham, where he was also given a toy ambulance and 'para-ted' – a bear dressed as a paramedic.

Both Brealyn and Kathryn were also able to meet Jennie at the event.

Brealyn said: "I am really happy to have met Jennie because she helped save my mummy's life."

Kathryn, who is now back to full health, said: "At the end of the day she is a lifesaver. Without her and, of course, Brealyn, who has been amazing, I may not have been here."

She added: "I have always had massive respect for the ambulance service and the job everyone does, and it's one of the reasons we've always taught Brealyn to know how and when to make 999 calls, but that respect has grown even more after meeting Jennie."

After meeting both Brealyn and Kathryn, Jennie, who has been working for EMAS for 13-and-a-half years, said: "I am so happy that I got to meet Brealyn – he is really lovely and his family are too. I'm so glad his mum is well again.

During her time working for the ambulance service, she has answered more than 200,000 calls, adding: "I really enjoy my job and have pride in being able to help people."

"We have a really good team here at EMAS. We are all part of the chain, whatever job we have, and when that team comes together we can, and do, deliver those success stories. Kathryn is proof of that, as are the many thousands of others we help across the East Midlands every day."

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