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Six-year-old Kia-Mai Powell praised for raising alarm after mum collapsed at Strood home

Kia-Mai Powell showed presence of mind way beyond her six years when her mum collapsed with a panic attack.

The youngster sprang into action after Stacey, 29, hit her head as she fell at their home in Woodstock Road, Strood.

The All Faiths’ Children’s Academy pupil grabbed her mum’s phone and called grandmother Gigi Powell for help.

Nan Gigi Powell, Kia Mai and mum Stacey
Nan Gigi Powell, Kia Mai and mum Stacey

Miss Powell suffers from panic attacks but usually manages them by controlling her breathing. Last Wednesday she stood up to go to the toilet when she suffered a severe episode and passed out.

She said: “As I fell I smashed my head on the bath. That’s all I remember.

“I couldn’t talk but I could hear people around me but I wasn’t responding to anything. My lips were blue.

“Kia-Mai made sure my airways were clear and sat with me, holding my hand, until the ambulance arrived.”

VIDEO: Kia-Mai rang her grandmother after her mum collapsed at home

Gran Mrs Powell said: “I’d gone up to my friend’s house and the phone’s gone off on WhatsApp.

“Stacey never phones me because she hasn’t got a good reception so I answered it and said ‘hello, what’s wrong’ and it was Kia-Mai. She said ‘Nan nan can you come round, mummy’s fallen down’."

Miss Powell added: “I am very proud of her, I couldn’t be prouder.

“I used to have seizures and I’ve taught her since she was three-and-a-half what to do if something happens.

Kia Mai Powell, 6, raised the alarm when her mum collapsed
Kia Mai Powell, 6, raised the alarm when her mum collapsed

“But now she’s helped she keeps asking for a phone – an iPhone to be specific.”

Kia-Mai said: “I was really scared. I rang my nan and checked to see if mummy was breathing. I knew how to check because we learnt how to do it at school.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service’s acting clinical team leader, Paul Ellis, who was first to arrive, said: “Kia-Mai did really well in alerting her neighbour to what had happened. She told me she heard a bang and found her mummy fallen in the bathroom. She acted really quickly and her mum should be very proud.”

SECAmb are also arranging for a certificate for Kia-Mai.

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