Minister praises young hero for calling triple 'O' and saving mum

Released 13/06/2012

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has praised a quick-thinking primary school girl after she found her mother having difficulty breathing and saved her life by calling for an ambulance.

"I commend the efforts of Emily Dyson, who at only 11 years of age, had the knowledge to call Emergency Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance after her mother experienced breathing difficulty," Mr Corbell said.

"In an emergency every second is vital and the quick actions of Emily demonstrates the importantance to get help early on, as in this case it saved her mother who suffered a full cardiac arrest."

Mr Corbell said Intensive Care Paramedics were sent to an address in Palmerston on the morning of 20 April to find Emily's mother, Mrs Dyson, in cardiac arrest.

Ambulance officers began CPR, intravenous drug therapy, ecg monitoring and advanced airway management to restart Emily's mother's heart. Mrs Dyson was resuscitated at home before being taken to hospital in a critical condition.

"Emily's quick thinking during an extremely intense situation has without doubt saved her mother's life," Mr Corbell said.

"I strongly encourage all households to educate family members of the importance of knowing how to call Emergency Triple Zero (000) to get help during emergencies and provide relevant important details such as the address of the emergency.

"As demonstrated by Emily, it does save lives and I am pleased to inform that Mrs Dyson has since made a full recovery."

Mr Corbell presented Emily, who has recently turned 12 years of age, with a Chief Officer's Commendation from the ACT Ambulance Service at her school in Nicholls in front of her peers, teachers and her mother today.

"Mrs Dyson should also be congratulated for teaching her daughter how to call 000 and I encourage all parents to educate their children on how to call Triple Zero in the case of an emergency."

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