Hero son Charlie Tarsey, three, calls 999 to help save epileptic mum
Proud mum Sue Tarsey
gives her hero son Charlie a hug
by Jamie Bullen
A three-year-old boy stunned paramedics when he called
999 and explained his mother was having an epileptic fit - saving
Little Charlie Tarsey, of Station Road, Herne Bay, was on
his own with mother Sue when she collapsed in her bedroom and
started having a series of fits.
But the quick-thinking toddler kept a cool
head to call the emergency services
"The emergency staff couldn't believe it when they found out he was three...” – Sue Tarsey
to say his "mummy wasn't
feeling well" and that she was bleeding, which led police and
ambulance to his door.
Despite not being tall enough to let them in, Charlie's
27-year-old sister Danielle arrived to open the door for the police
and ambulance crew to give their mother emergency assistance.
Sue, 47, said: "I told him how proud of him I was and how big he
"He now runs round saying how big he is. The emergency staff
couldn't believe it when they found out he was three.
"I had phoned the ambulance staff earlier in the day and my
daughter was on the way, but there could have been consequences if
Charlie didn't act the way he did.
"It could have been a lot worse – you just don't know.
"It was the first time he was by himself when I had a fit. I
have had one in front of him before but my boyfriend was there at
"No one believed him at first – they thought he was telling them
fibs. He was so calm, I was told, and wasn't crying at
Tarsey, three, rang an ambulance for his mother when she
suffered an epileptic fit
Charlie's family and his nursery said his feat was even
more amazing as he had only learned to speak in the past few
Sue added: "What shocked us the most is that he has just started
having conversations. He is bright in other ways but he has only
started talking and that is what has surprised people so much.
"I can't remember much of what happened, but it has just touched
my heart. We are all so proud of him – he is my little
Charlie has been congratulated by family, friends and the
Poppy’s Children Centre in Avenue Road, where he attends nursery
two days a week.
Nikki Finnis, from the nursery, said: "He has come such a long
way for someone who only started speaking in September. Everyone at
the nursery is really proud of him."
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