WHEN Ethan Riou’s mum collapsed and fell unconscious, the brave four-year-old knew just what to do.
And his bold actions have now won him the Hero of the Year award at The News Youth Awards.
Laura-Anne Mills, 30, dislocated her shoulder and collapsed, hitting her head on the sink on the way down in the bathroom of her home at Clover Court in Jasmine Grove, Waterlooville. Ethan dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance.
He stayed on the phone to explain what happened, listened to the advice given while paramedics arrived, and looked after his younger brother Finley, two.
Now, he has been presented with an award.
Ethan said: ‘I feel good.’
Mum Laura-Anne Mills said: ‘I feel proud. I’m almost crying.
‘It’s amazing. I taught him what to do in an emergency and taught him the address and the postcode but I didn’t think he would do it when it came to it. I just want to say to the other mums how important it is to teach the little ones to call 999 in an emergency.’
The incident happened two years after Laura-Anne was in a car accident in which she dislocated both of her shoulders. Since then she has lost most of the use of her arm because she damaged the nerves and the muscles so badly and her left shoulder dislocates easily at any time.
Laura-Anne said it could have been a lot worse had her son not taken such swift action.
‘I would have been there for a long time until my mum came in.
‘We are going to put the award on display in the lounge.’