‘My kids are my heroes’: Mother’s praise for children aged six and three who helped save her life

09:05 24 October 2012

Kirsty O

Kirsty O'Connor pictured with her children, Lilli-Louisa, six, and Archie, three, who called 999 after she passed out at home. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


Two young children have been hailed heroes after they helped to save their mum’s life after she collapsed unconscious on the kitchen floor.

Lilli-Louisa, six, and Archie, three, came to Kirsty O’Connor’s aid when she passed out for more than half an hour, before waking up to find the little girl looking for help and her son snuggling up beside her on the floor with a bed cover to keep her warm.

Mrs O’Connor, 37, of East Ruston, near Stalham, suffers from chiari malformation, a congenital defect where the brain and spinal cord connect.

She was busy getting her children ready for school when she lost consciousness and the next thing she remembered was seeing Archie lying side by side with her on the floor.

She then asked Lilli-Louisa to phone 999, who remained on the phone until the ambulance arrived.

“I’m just so proud of my children,” Mrs O’Connor said. “When I realised what they did for me I just sobbed. I thought I had scared them and frightened them but they just took it in their stride and worked as a team.”

Mrs O’Connor spent six days at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and was told she had suffered from a viral infection which made the pressure of her spinal fluid rise, causing her to lose consciousness.

She is now “on the mend” at home with her family.

“I just think Lilli and Archie are incredible and I wanted to share what they had so bravely done for me,” she said. “My kids are my heroes.”

A spokesman from the East of England Ambulance Service praised the actions of the children and said the service would be arranging to award Lilli-Louisa with a certificate of commendation which would be presented by call handler Danielle Cobley.

● For more on this story see today’s paper.

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