Asthma: Girl, 6, saves mum's life by calling paramedics after her mother suffers a near-fatal attack

Cali-Maii Ball has been called a 'real hero' after dialling 999 during her mother's potentially fatal asthma attack

A six-year old-girl saved her mum's life by dialling 999 after waking up in the middle of the night hearing her mother, Lauren, desperately gasping for air, as she suffered a severe asthma attack that could have been fatal.

Cali-Maii Ball, from Hornchurch in east London, immediately picked up her mother's phone and called 999, and told London Ambulance Service call handler Laura Lehmer: "I think my mum is having an asthma attack. Mummy is really struggling to breathe."

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Cali-Maii promptly gave the 999 call handler her exact address and unlocked the door to let the crews in. London Ambulance Service medics arrived in just four minutes and immediately started treating Lauren, 25, who was losing consciousness. Paramedics William Grove, Daniella Robinson, Sam Taylor and Laura Canty started life support to help her breathe. The paramedics then took her to Queen’s Hospital on blue lights, where she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and put on a ventilator.

Cali-Maii and her mum (Image: London Ambulance Service)Cali-Maii and her mum (Image: London Ambulance Service)
Cali-Maii and her mum (Image: London Ambulance Service) | London Ambulance Service

Lauren said: “Cali saved my life. If it wasn’t for her calling 999 so quickly and the paramedics intervening so promptly, this would have been a really different story. I’ll never be able to show them all how grateful I am for saving me.” Lauren remained in hospital for six days after the incident and to reduce the risk of similar episodes, she is now due to start a new injection treatment.

Cali-Maii was reunited by the ambulance crew who answered her cry for help, Sam Taylor and Danielle Robinson. Sam said: "Cali-Maii is a real hero. A few extra minutes could have cost her mother her life. Lauren was very close to going into cardiac arrest and it was Cali’s incredibly quick cry for help that saved her."

Now, the mother of two, who was diagnosed with asthma at the age of six, has called for parents across the country to teach their children what to do in an emergency. She said: “Cali’s actions were life-changing and if our story can help even one more parent get the help they need in a life-threatening situation, I’d be over the moon.” Teaching children when to call 999, learn their home address, and how to unlock the front door when the ambulance arrives can help save lives.

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