Left to right- Mum Helen, Ruby-Star and Technician Chris Walker
A 10-year-old school girl from Barton-Upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire has been awarded a Laverick Award for her brave actions when her mother collapsed at their home.
Ruby-Star Wouters was at home with her mum Helen when she suddenly became unwell and was unable to communicate or move. With Ruby’s older siblings already left for school, Ruby had to call 999 where she followed all the instructions given by the 999-call handler.
Before the arrival of Technician Chris Walker and Emergency Care Assistant Margaret Hewitt, Ruby had already put all three of their dogs away in another room, monitored her Mums breathing, got all her medication ready and was at the door waiting to meet the ambulance crew.
Technician Chris said: “Ruby showed true bravery in her actions and was instrumental in getting the ambulance to her mother in time to stop her deterioration.”
Chris and Margaret were able to treat Helen at home without taking her to hospital. Chris was impressed with Ruby-Stars actions and nominated her for a Laverick Award, which he presented to her at CastleDyke Primary school.
Mum Helen attended the presentation and said: “I am so proud of Ruby-Star. She is the youngest of seven children so often doesn’t have the responsibility that the others do. For her to call an ambulance and keep me safe until they arrived is amazing.”
Chris added: “It has been a pleasure to present Ruby-Star with her Laverick award, she is very deserving of it.”
The Laverick Award is present to children and young adults for actions of courage and bravery in memory of Northamptonshire Paramedic Nick Laverick who sadly passed away.