Some people believe that there are no accidents or coincidences, and everything we do is meant to be.
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Wendy Cocker of Launceston, Tasmania probably wasn’t thinking about fate when she sat down with her 4-year-old son and taught him how to dial 000, Australia’s version of 911. She was simply making sure Monty Cocker knew what to do if she suffered one of the seizures she’s prone to.
“I’d been to Agfest with the school and we’d visited the ambulance station as part of our checklist of places that we needed to go and I came home and thought, ‘Gee I really need to teach Monty how to do it,'” Wendy said, adding, “Having seizures, I do need to let him know how to do it.”
The very next day, Monty’s newfound knowledge was put to the test when Wendy suffered a seizure and fell, losing consciousness. The last thing she remembers is trying to dial her husband’s number. When she opened her eyes, two paramedics were in the house taking care of her. Monty had called 000 on his own, given the operator his address, and even told them the family dog is all bark and no bite!
“When we got inside, we saw little Monty; he met us there and he was on the phone to our comms and we walked in and found his mum on the floor and he said she’d fallen over,” explained intensive care paramedic Danielle Masters, who arrived on the scene with fellow paramedic Mark Small.
Danielle was shocked that someone so young had called for help.
“I’ve worked here for 15 years and this is the first time a 4-year-old has made a call to an ambulance,” she continued.
A few days later, the medics returned to the Cocker home to award Monty with a certificate of appreciation. Wendy says her son is loving all of the attention!
“His grandma came around and was like: ‘Where’s the superhero?’ And he said: ‘Oh no, I’m not superhero. I’m just a hero,'” she joked.
It’s a good thing Wendy taught Monty how to dial for help! This story is a great reminder for all parents to make sure their kids know what to do during an emergency. They could save your life someday!
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