Listen to 4-Year-Old's 911 Call That Saved His Mom's Life

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We all try to prepare our kids for emergencies as best we can, but it's hard to know how they'll really respond if something happens. (After all, can a kid who only occasionally puts his shoes on the right feet really be trusted to remember who to call for help?) Sometimes, though, little ones end up being a lot more capable than we expect -- like this 4-year-old boy in the UK, who not only used Siri to call 999 (British 911) when his mother collapsed but also managed to unlock her phone while she was unconscious by using her thumb!

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Heartbreakingly, little Roman of Kenley, Croydon, apparently assumed the worst when he found his mother unresponsive. In an audio recording of the call, when the dispatcher asked the boy to get his mom, he said, "We can't, she's dead!" (Roman's twin and a younger brother were also in the home.)

"You said mummy was there," the dispatcher can be heard saying. "What do you mean she’s dead?"

"It means that's she's closing her eyes and she's not breathing," Roman replied.

Roman also tried shaking his mom and shouting to wake her up at the dispatcher's request, but had no luck reviving her. You can hear the rest of his harrowing phone call here:

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Awww, poor little guy! He must have been terrified! Can you imagine being 4 years old and thinking your mom died -- and still having the presence of mind to use her thumb to unlock her phone and get help? And, this is the part that really impressed me: Roman was even able to recite his home address for the dispatcher!

Thanks to his quick thinking (and impressive 4-year-old memory), emergency workers made it to his house in 13 minutes and were able to administer first aid. No details have been revealed about what caused the mom's collapse, but she has reportedly been discharged from the hospital and is back at home with her kids -- thank goodness!

It really is incredible how grown up little kids can be when it's necessary -- especially if they've been educated on what to do, like Roman. That's why Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan of the Met's Command and Control Unit shared the recording to encourage parents to teach their kids proper emergency protocol -- including making sure they know their home address.

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"Hearing this call brings home the importance of teaching your young child their home address and how to call police or emergency services in an emergency situation," he said.

"If you do nothing else today, then I'd implore any parents of young children to sit down with them and make sure they know what to do in this kind of situation and that they know how to contact police or other emergency services in an emergency. As this case demonstrates so poignantly, it could really be the difference between life and death.”

Here's hoping Roman's mom is feeling better -- and that more parents follow her excellent example when it comes to preparing kids for the worst! 

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