A quick-thinking four-year-old came to the aid of her mother who was struggling to breathe by alerting the emergency services.
Ella Warren, who started school just three weeks ago at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village, has been awarded a Headteachers Award for her brave actions at the weekend.
Ella’s mum Natalie Smith, 23, of Anson Close, Daventry, said she was incredibly proud of her daughter who knew her address and how to make the call.
She said: “It was around 7pm on Sunday and my chest began to get tight then all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe.
“I told Ella to call her nanna which she did and my mum told her to call 999. She did that straight away because she knows her numbers and she told them ‘mummy can’t breathe, mummy can’t breathe.’’
“Then they asked for our address and she has learned it so they were able to find us. At this point I was struggling and could barely speak.”
Paramedics revealed Miss Smith had been suffering a severe asthma attack brought on by a chest infection.
She said: “I haven’t had an asthma attack in 13 years so I didn’t know that’s what it was or what was going on.
“I really don’t know what would have happened if Ella hadn’t called the ambulance because I’m the only adult in our household and I have another little boy, age two.”
After phoning for an ambulance Ella also went over to a neighbour’s house to get help. When asked about her actions she humbly admitted she was ‘proud’.
Miss Smith said: “Ella was given an award in assembly and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I’m really proud.”