Hero Hugo, 8, praised for quick thinking over 999 call

A young boy has been praised by for his quick thinking after his mother fell ill.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 1:42 pm
Eight year old Hugo rang for an ambulance when his mothrer Jasmin Jones fell ill. Picture Scott Merrylees

Jasmin Jones says her son Hugo, who has just turned eight, managed to stay calm when she began feeling unwell at their Featherstone home

With dad at work and just the two of them at home, the composed youngster rang for an ambulance, stayed on the line, and even checked the paramedics’ credentials when they came to the door, having been previously told by his mother to not let strangers into their home.

Jasmin, who has been hospitalised before because of IBS, began suffering chest pains and struggled to breathe and so asked Hugo to dial 999.

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She said: “He knew it was serious, so rather than ring dad, he rang for the ambulance.

“He stayed on the phone with them, he was probably on the phone for about 20 minutes, checked my temperature and kept calm.

“He went to the window when the ambulance got here to make it sure it was them.

“I thought he might have panicked, but he was amazing.

“I’m very, very proud, I don’t know what I would have done if he was not here.”

Thankfully, Jasmin has gone on to make a full recovery, but Hugo says he is prepared if it happens again.

“It’s amazing that he knows what to do,” added Jasmin.

“I personally would have screamed the house down if I was eight and had to do that!”

Hugo has since been commended during an assembly at his school , North Featherstone Junior and Infants.

Ambulance spokesman Nick Smith, said: “Hugo did a fantastic job and stayed calm when faced with what must have been a very difficult situation. He did all the right things to get help for his mum and she must be very proud of him.

“I would encourage all parents and guardians to teach their children what to do in an emergency situation and how to call for help should they need to.”