A six-year-old boy is being credited with saving his mother’s life. If it wasn’t for the boy’s quick thinking and ability to remain calm in an emergency situation, the outcome may have been very different.
“I feel pretty proud of myself,” the little boy said of how he handled the situation.
Denise McCormack was at her home with her son, Ronan Male, when her blood sugar levels became low.
Edmonton boy, 6, awarded for quick thinking that saved his mother's life When six-year-old Ronan Male saw his mother…
Denise McCormack is diabetic, and though the night before she had a snack and checked her blood sugar levels, she woke up with low sugar levels and fell out of bed. At the time, the only other person at home was her six-year-old son Ronan. the boy’s father Doug was working out of town.
“I told the operator, ‘I need an ambulance because my mom is diabetic,'” Ronan told CTV Edmonton.
McCormack was able to dial 911, but unable to speak coherently, so Ronan took over.
Ronan calmly told the 911 operator what was wrong and his home address.
While the boy and his mother waited for an ambulance, Ronan remembered an important lesson his parents taught him a little less than three years earlier.
Ronan retrieved a juice box, and then proceeded to squirt it into his mother’s mouth. He also made sure she ate a granola bar to help elevate her blood sugar.
“When Ronan was about 3 1/2, we started teaching him what to do in an emergency and he has watched his dad help me when my sugars were low,” Denise McCormack said. “We didn’t want to scare him but wanted him to understand what was going on and how he could help.”
That lesson paid off big time. Because of Ronan’s quick thinking, when the paramedics arrived, they didn’t have to put an IV in McCormack, according to CTV Edmonton.
Several months after the incident Ronan was honored for his bravery.
During an assembly held at his school, Ronan was presented with the “Citizen Life-Saving Award.” His classmates, as well as all of the emergency personnel who were involved in the scary situation, were in attendance.
Monica Grela, the AHS emergency communications officer who spoke with Ronan on the phone, commended the six-year-old for keeping calm and being able to answer all of her questions.
“Ronan was a great example of what we, as emergency communication officers, would like to see when someone calls 911,” Grela said to CBC News.
McCormack is extremely grateful for her son’s reaction.
“I’m very proud of him, I don’t know what would have happened to me if he hadn’t been there,” McCormack told CTV Edmonton.