Listen: Girls Call 999 After Mum’s Car Seizure
Lily Barber, nine, and her younger sister Eva, six, have been given a public bravery award after they helped the call handler track down their mother Claire – who has made a full recovery since November’s incident.
The daughters were upset and panicked at first, but the operator was able to get them to describe the colour car they were in – and even the road they were on.
Ms Barber had “completely passed out” after suffering a seizure on the East Lancs motorway, but she had managed to pull over to the side of the road before falling unconscious.
Lily, who had been taught what to do in the event of an emergency, told the call handler: “She’s alive, she’s just really poorly … I know CPR but I’m not very good at it.”
Although the schoolgirl admitted she “was not very good with motorways”, she had recognised the area and informed the operator they were near the Astley Industrial Estate – helping the emergency services to arrive on the scene in less than seven minutes.
Moments before police and paramedics arrived, Ms Barber got out of the car and started stumbling on the hard shoulder – at one point falling over and veering into the road.
One of the girls selflessly offered to go outside and bring their mother to safety, but followed the operator’s instruction to stay inside the car and keep safe.
On Wednesday night, the girls were honoured at a ceremony organised by Greater Manchester Police.
First to offer their thanks was Mrs Barber, who said she was “proud” at how her daughters had remembered what to do in an emergency.
She said: “I was even more impressed with the way Lily and Eva listened to the call handler and to each other while it was happening, even staying in the car when I’m sure all they wanted to do was grab me and keep me safe.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “Lily and Eva showed real bravery and maturity when they must have been really scared about what was happening to their Mum.”
Stephanie Baxter, the operator who took their call, was also recognised for her professionalism – with Mrs Barber thanking her for “keeping the girls so calm” while they were scared.
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