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Emily, four, saves mum's life after she collapses from undiagnosed epilepsy

Emily Morrison and Mum Louise Rush Credit: NCJ Media

Little Emily Morrison is a real lifesaver after swinging into action when her mum collapsed on the living room floor.

The brave four-year-old called 999, before contacting her dad Stephen and making sure her younger brother and sister were cared for.

And when the ambulance arrived she raced to get her stool from the bathroom so she could reach the lock on the front door to let the medical team in.

Now her proud mum Louise Rush, who has since been diagnosed with epilepsy, is thanking her courageous daughter for saving her life and wants to tell the world about her mini hero.

“What a little super star my Emily is,” said Louise, 26, of Silksworth, Sunderland. “I collapsed and had a seizure in the house whilst Stephen was at work.

"Emily knew exactly what to do. She rang Stephen, the ambulance, unlocked the door, did everything the call handler told her to do on the phone."

– Louise Rush

Louise was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where she underwent a brain scan and was diagnosed with epilepsy.

She remains in hospital and is now starting anti-epilepsy drugs to help keep her condition under control.

“I already suffer from endometriosis and have a duplex kidney which means I get ill quite often,” added Louise, a child protection worker.

“I have passed out before but have come back around straight away. Because of this I have told Emily what to do. She knows she has to try and wake me up and if she can’t then she needs to call 999 and Stephen. She uses Siri on my phone and knows who to call.

“This time I was unconscious for about 50 minutes. Charlie is only six weeks old and was in his rocker chair and Rosa, who is 15 months old, was in her high chair eating her snacks. Emily got Rosa her blanket and toys and even tried to give Charlie the rest of his bottle while he was crying.”

“I rang daddy and the ambulance when mummy had fallen. I looked after Rosa and Charlie and gave Charlie his bottle. Mammy is now in hospital and I love her so much.”

– Four-year-old Emily Morrison

Louise, who also has daughter Ava, five, added: “I believe I would have died if she didn’t get the help when she did as I had another fit when I was in the ambulance and almost swallowed my tongue. I am so proud of her, she did a brilliant job.”

“Calling 999 can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially for a child as young as four years old. Emily showed exceptional bravery in what would have been a terrifying experience for her.

"She told us exactly what we needed to know to be able to help her mum as well as looking after her younger siblings. She’s a very bright and brave little girl who deserves plenty of praise.”

– North East Ambulance Service paramedic, Mark Jackson