B.C. girl, 5, praised for 911 call that saved mom
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:27PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:42PM EDT
The RCMP is praising the quick thinking of a five-year-old Vancouver Island girl who called 911 when her mother collapsed in the backyard after having a seizure.
Although Rebekah Simpson was frightened and crying when she dialed 911 Wednesday, she managed to calmly tell the dispatcher what happened.
“My mommy fell down in the backyard and she wouldn’t get up,” the Langford, B.C. girl is heard saying in a recording of the call, which the RCMP made public.
The dispatcher, Chelsea Chang, tells Rebekah to calm down and gently asks her who else is in the house.
Rebekah tells her that her little brothers, aged three and one, are with her, but that “daddy’s at work.”
Chang asks the girl if she had tried waking her mother up.
“Yeah, but she wouldn’t wake up… you think you can come here?” Rebekah asks.
“We’re coming and we’re going to be coming fast,” Chang tells her.
Rebekah’s mother Olena Simpson, who has recovered from the seizure, told CTV News she was shocked to hear what unfolded after she lost consciousness. She said she never taught her daughter how to call 911.
“I guess her grandparents have kind of mentioned it to her. I was actually quite proud,” Simpson said.
“I just knew what to do,” Rebekah said.
The RCMP say the little girl not only saved her mother’s life, but also may have prevented her little brothers from drowning. A children’s pool filled with water was in the family’s backyard as Simpson lay unconscious.
With a report from CTV British Columbia