‘He’s my hero’ Five-year-old boy saved his mum’s life after calling 999

PUBLISHED: 12:56 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 16 August 2016

Natalie with the little life-saver, Joshua

Natalie with the little life-saver, Joshua


Joshua Reece called an ambulance after his mum had an epileptic seizure

A five-year-old boy from Sidcup who helped save his mum’s life by calling her an ambulance has reached the finals of St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes Awards.

Joshua Reece was nominated in the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year category, and is the youngest of four finalists.

Joshua was just four-years-old when his mum suffered an epileptic seizure in September 2015.

It was one of the hottest days of the year when Joshua, who was playing in the garden, watched his mum be struck down by the seizure, which left her unconscious.

He quickly called 999 and got an ambulance to come to his home.

Mum Natalie said: “Although Joshua had never seen me have a seizure before, I’d taught him what to do, how to make the phone call and what to say when the time came.

“I’ll be forever grateful to Joshua for calling 999. He’s extremely proud of himself for saving my life and he’s my hero.”

Mylene Klass will be hosting the awards, which aim to celebrate the ordinary people who’ve taken extraordinary action to help someone in need.

The presenter and musician, who saved her daughter from choking user first aid, will host the awards at The Grange St Paul’s in London, on September 7.

She said: “I feel very privileged to be hosting the awards as I know from personal experience how scary it is when you’re faced with a first aid emergency.

“My own daughter choked when she was just a baby and I really believe because of the first aid training I’d had, I was able to save her life.”

The winner of the award will be decided by a public vote, which closes at midnight on July 31.

To vote, visit

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