Brave Lewis helps out mum in hour of need

114139-8635 EPILEPTIC  (RS) MRW 21/11/2011''Six year old Lewis Gamblin from Fareham most probably saved his mother, Jo Gamblin's life when she had an Epileptic Fit and he rushed to get a neighbour for help ! ''Jo Gamblin (31) with her son Lewis (6)  at their Fareham  home''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114139-8635)

114139-8635 EPILEPTIC (RS) MRW 21/11/2011''Six year old Lewis Gamblin from Fareham most probably saved his mother, Jo Gamblin's life when she had an Epileptic Fit and he rushed to get a neighbour for help ! ''Jo Gamblin (31) with her son Lewis (6) at their Fareham home''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114139-8635)

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SIX-year-old Lewis Gamblin has been praised for raising the alarm when his mum suffered an epileptic seizure.

Jo Gamblin was home alone with Lewis when she collapsed.

When she awoke, the youngster was crouching down asking if she was okay and if she wanted help.

He then ran out the back door of their home in Hornet Close, Fareham, and knocked on a neighbour’s door to ask for help.

Jo, 31, who has suffered from epilepsy for 16 years, said: ‘It was just me and Lewis home on our own.

‘I ended up having a fit and when I came round he was there eating some birthday cake.

‘He just had his legs crouched down looking at me with cake in his mouth and crumbs going everywhere.

‘He said to me “are you alright mum? Do you want me to go and get some help?”.

‘He ran round and got the neighbours and came back.

‘I was chuffed with him. I have had fits before but he’s never been there.

‘That’s the first time he’s ever seen me. For him to do that, I was pleased.’

Her neighbours came round to check she was okay, and fortunately her mum popped by at the same time and was on hand to look after her. Jo didn’t need to go hospital.

Lewis has now received a certificate at Wallisdean Infant School as an award for his bravery.

He described his mum’s seizure as ‘dangerous’ and said that he ‘didn’t like it’.

‘I was just proud of him that he thought to go and do that straightaway,’ added Jo.

‘He’s never been in that situation before.

‘He obviously knew something wasn’t right. I have spoken to him about it. What he did was very brave.

‘He wasn’t upset at all, he was completely calm about it.

‘I was quite impressed with him.’

Jo said she’s comforted to know that Lewis is aware of her condition, should anything happen in the future.

‘If I had hurt myself and not come round then he could have saved my life,’ she said.

‘In the future if something bad does happen then I know that if he’s here then he knows what to do.’

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