Seven year-old hero Alex Beale helped to save the life of her mother, Sara, in an extraordinary act of courage recently. G024914
A BRAVE Wonthaggi girl who rushed to a neighbour for help when her mother started losing consciousness has been awarded a commendation by Ambulance Victoria.
Alex Beale, 7, took control of a life-or-death situation inside her Merrin Crescent home on October 22 when her mother Sara, a diabetic, realised her blood sugar levels were low and she was on the brink of collapse.
“I knew I was about to pass out and the last thing I remember was looking at Alex and saying ‘Mummy’s going to need your help’,” Sara recalled.
Alex quickly grabbed her mother’s mobile phone and attempted to call Triple Zero.
Being unfamiliar with the phone, however, meant there was suddenly a critical hurdle for the youngster to overcome.
“I went to the phone and I was like, ‘uh oh’ and I forgot how to swipe to dial for an emergency,” Alex explained.
Most children that age might erupt into hysterics at this point, but Alex remained cool, calm and collected.
She told her three year-old sister, Louisa, to let the family’s dogs inside to protect Sara.
Moments later, she raced next door, seeking help from a neighbour she barely knew.
“I ran as fast as I could,” Alex said.
Neighbour Lynne Griffin said she had only just hopped out the shower when she was startled by a frantic knock at the door.
Within seconds, young Alex had explained the dire situation and Lynne had called an ambulance.
Sara said the family had only moved to Wonthaggi from Lang Lang just three weeks earlier and hadn’t installed a landline in the house yet.
“It was pretty amazing that Alex thought to go to Lynne since she didn’t know her very well,” she said.
“She’d probably only met Lynne once.
“I’m just very, very proud.
“And I feel lucky, because if there hadn’t been someone around to help me, I could’ve died.”
Wonthaggi paramedic and ambulance station team manager, Danny Slattery, said many kids call Triple Zero when faced with an emergency, but Alex’s story was special because she went to “the next level” after being unable to call for an ambulance herself.
“Alex identified that her Mum was unwell, she looked after her little sister and then she had to go to a neighbour she’d only met once or twice,” he said.
“For a lot of kids, that would be tough to do – to knock on the door of someone you don’t know and ask them for help.”
Mr Slattery said Alex’s remarkable support didn’t end after the emergency call.
“When paramedics arrived, Alex was able to give them some important information, enabling them to diagnose the problem and treat Sara straight away.
“She has potentially saved her mother’s life, and that is a major thing for any seven year-old to do.
“All those decisions she has made and all the actions she put into place have stood out as the most significant act of a child helping in an emergency in my career.”
Alex received her award in front of an entire school assembly at St Joseph’s Primary last Wednesday.