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Two young brothers aged six and nine save dad's life after calling 999

Photo: SWASFT

Two young brothers have been praised by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) after dialling 999 when their dad had a seizure.

Six-year-old Isaac and his older brother, nine-year-old Elliot, called the ambulance after their dad, March Le-fey collapsed at their home in Exeter.

Elliot called 999 as soon as he realised his dad was unconscious and needed urgent medical help.

The incident happened in November when March, who is Type 1 diabetic, was preparing breakfast for Isaac.

March realised he was having a hypo, and alerted Isaac who woke-up his brother.

Elliot first called his step-dad Ashley Curtis who works as a SWASFT paramedic, and Ashley told him to call 999.

Mum Liv, who is a registered nurse, returned home from a night shift moments later to find March lying on the floor and Elliot on the phone.

The boys and their family made a special visit to the SWASFT Control Centre in Exeter last week

Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Lucy, who dealt with the call, praised Elliot and Isaac for their response to the emergency.

She said: “Both boys were outstanding. Isaac knew it was serious, and ran to tell his brother. Elliot was so grown up and knowledgeable on the phone.

"They acted so quickly and maturely in a life-threatening situation. Afterwards I was speechless.”

They were presented with certificates to congratulate them for what they did. Credit: SWASFT

The boys and their family made a special visit to the SWASFT Control Centre in Exeter last week to be acknowledged for what they did.

They were presented with certificates to congratulate them for what they did.

Elliot wrote a letter to SWASFT on behalf of him and Isaac thanking staff for “saving” their dad.

He said: “I called you and told you that my dad has Type 1 Diabetes, and was having a hypo. I told you where I live, and my name and age. Then you came and saved him. Thank you for saving our dad.”

The letter Elliot wrote to SWASFT thanking staff for Credit: SWASFT

SWASFT urges parents to teach their children what to do in an emergency.

That includes showing them how to call 999, making sure they know their address, and ensuring they are aware of any known health problems in the family.