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Praise for girl, 3, who saved mum with 999 call

A three-year-old girl has been hailed as a hero after she made a life-saving 999 call to get help for her mother who had blacked out and hit her head.

Sofia Harman phoned 999 and told the call handler: "Mummy's fainted on the floor".

Sofia's mother, Patricia Hannington, suffers from a rare heart condition which causes her heart rate to speed and blood pressure to plummet, and in November she collapsed while painting the kitchen.

Sofia Harman and her mother, Patricia. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ms Hannington's partner, James, was not in the house in Clacton-on-Sea when the incident happened, leaving Sofia with no option but to phone for help.

Luckily Ms Hannington had told her daughter what she should do if she were to fall ill when no one else was around.

Patricia Hannington said she was 'so proud' of her daughter. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However, the family had recently moved house and Sofia sent the emergency services to her old address.

Yet Essex Police contact handler Julie Buckley kept Sofia on the phone for 40 minutes, talking about her pet dog while she worked out the child's address and then sent police and an ambulance.

Sofia knew to call 999 after her mother collapsed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ms Hannington was taken to hospital following her fall where she received emergency treatment.

She praised her daughter, saying: “I’m so proud of Sofia.

“I want to get across to other parents that it’s never too early to speak to their children about calling 999.

"I am lucky to have such a brave little girl who knew what to do."