Parenthood
Mom teaches 4-yr-old son how to call 911 totally unaware he’ll need to make emergency call next day
She had no idea how handy it would come in the following day.
Cherie Gozon
09.19.22

What do we teach our kids at age four? We teach them to read and write, hone their fine motor skills, and encourage creative thinking. These are the basic things they learn either in pre-school or at home.

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But have we thought of teaching them some life-saving skills that might come in handy in an emergency? We don’t want anything bad to happen, but we’ll never know what life throws at us. It’s best to equip them with knowledge to help save lives.

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This mother in Tasmania, Australia, taught her son how to call an ambulance. Little did she know that he would need that information the next day.

Teaching Monty

Wendy Cocker is the mother of four-year-old Monty. She works as a nurse and often visits ambulance stations as part of her job. On one occasion during the Agfest, she realized that she should teach her son how to call an ambulance.

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She suffers from seizures but had always called her husband first when she felt she was going to have one. However, teaching Monty would give her extra safety, especially since they often spend time together.

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She sat down with him when she went home and taught him how to make the call, from unlocking a locked phone to dialing tripe 0.

Monty’s phone call

It felt like a typical day when Wendy suddenly wasn’t feeling well. She called her husband, but it went straight to voicemail. She fell over, lost consciousness, and had a seizure. The last thing she remembered was seeing Monty dial 0-0-0 on her phone.

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Ambulance Tasmania responded to Monty’s call, and when asked what’s the emergency, he calmly said, “Mummy fell over.” He stayed on the line as the operator told him what to do while waiting for the ambulance.

Calm and collected little Monty

When the paramedics arrived, they saw Monty waving at them from the window. He was still on the phone, listening to the emergency operator and updating him on what was happening.

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Intensive care paramedic Danielle Masters praised little Monty on how calm he seemed. He recalled to them what happened, and they quickly identified that Wendy had seizures. They rushed her to the hospital. They also said that if it weren’t for Monty’s quick thinking, something worse could have happened to his mother.

Praises and recognition for Mummy’s hero

The paramedics of Ambulance Tasmania visited Monty after his heroic act. The department gave the four-year-old a certification of appreciation and said he was his mom’s hero.

Danielle Masters also said that what Wendy taught Monty was an eye-opener to her as a mother, and she found that teaching kids how to call an ambulance would come in handy. She further iterated that this could be a lesson every parent should teach their kids.

“I’ve got a four-year-old as well, and I went home that night, and I said to him, ‘Do you know how to call an ambulance?’ and thought about steps to go through to teach them to do that,” she told ABC News.

“Probably the most important thing is how to actually use the phone to get into the screen to press the numbers,” she added.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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