Quick-thinking schoolboy Alfie Callaghan has been hailed a hero after saving his mum’s life.
When the seven-year-old found his mum Rachelle bent double with agony and incoherent he had the sense to phone for help.
After ringing his grandma he politely told her not to chat but pass the phone on to his aunt who could drive. and then calmly told her asked her to call round.
When Charlotte Callaghan arrived at the her sister’s home in Fulwood Alfie had managed to open the front door by himself, and took her upstairs to where Rachelle was lying on the floor.
The Barton St Lawrence CE Primary School pupil even helped his aunt her pack a bag, and get his mum to the car.
Rachelle was diagnosed with an inflamed and infected appendix which needed IV antibiotics straight away and spent five days in hospital.
While in hospital she underwent an MRI scan which revealed a lump on her ovary, which is now being investigated.
Now recovering at home, Rachelle said: “He is an absolute diamond. My hero. He has only just turned seven and was so responsible. He just took control and rang my mum and said so politely ‘I’m very sorry Grandma but it is very important that I speak to Auntie Charlotte’”.
Rachelle, an assistant pub manager, said: “I just remember being sick and Alfie rubbing my back and telling me he had managed to open the front door. In a way it is a good thing because if I hadn’t had the MRI scan I wouldn’t have known about the lump on my ovary. I am very proud of him.
“What Alfie and I are now trying to do is to get all the children at his school to do the same as we do at home By the front door we have a sign up that has on it our address and a list of emergency contacts.”
By the front door we have a sign up that has on it our address and a list of emergency contacts.
“I regularly go through this with Alfie and explain that if for any reason mummy is ill or doesn’t wake up, that he is to call 999 and tell them his name age and address, and what has happened.
He is also aware that he is to contact a family member also.”
Rachelle added: “As Alfie and I live alone, I need to know that should something happen, he knows what to do.
He spends quite a bit of time at my mother’s house too.
“She suffered a brain aneurism six years ago, and she has another one on the other side of her brain that is controlled with medication. We have the same system at her house, although they are rarely left alone together, my father or sister are always there also. “
His headteacher Julie Goodwin said: “A lot of children older than him would not have acted so quickly. We are very proud of him.”