Quick thinking nine-year-old boy helps save great grandma’s life

George Clarke,9, has won a braverey award for saving his great grandmother's life.George with his gr

George Clarke,9, has won a braverey award for saving his great grandmother's life.George with his great grandma Sandra Newton,72,PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A nine-year-old boy whose quick thinking helped to save the life of his seriously ill great grandma has been honoured with an award from the ambulance service.

George Clarke was staying with Sandra Newton at her home in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, when he heard her shouting in the middle of the night.

The 71-year-old was having a diabetes emergency and had fallen out of bed. She was confused and insisted that she didn't need medical help. Realising his great grandmother was unwell, George phoned his dad Joseph, who then dialled 999.

Paramedic Luke Jones, from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), treated Mrs Newton on the night and presented a certificate to George, praising him for being 'cool and calm' during the emergency.

'Had it not been for his quick actions, it would have been a very different outcome,' he said.


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Mrs Newton has had diabetes for 11 years and was having a severe hypo. She said she would have died if George had not raised the alarm when he did.

She said: 'George was absolutely fantastic. He saved my life.'

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George, a pupil at Carlton Colville Primary School, said: 'I do feel quite proud. I have only really told three of my school friends and they didn't believe me at first.'

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