William Lamb became a hero when his quick thinking saved his mum’s life.
Mum-of-two Jennifer Lamb was at home with her eldest son, William, when she suffered from an allergic reaction to chocolate.
Indeed, like most mums, Jennifer decided to crack into some late-night chocolate. However, this was when Jennifer unexpectedly went into anaphylactic shock (the result of an allergic reaction to chocolate).
Within 10 minutes of eating the chocolate, Jennifer’s tongue became swollen and her throat closed up. She begins throwing things upstairs and making noise to get William’s attention. Luckily, she was able to alert her eight-year-old son to the fact that something was awry.
William had been planning to spend the night at his grandparents’ house, but thankfully changed his mind at the last minute. Jennifer told North Wales Live this simple change of plans “really was a life-changing decision”.
If he hadn’t been there I dread to think what would have happened,” – Jennifer says.
Her EpiPen was nowhere to be seen
No stranger to allergies, Jennifer is normally prepared for such catastrophes. However, she didn’t think for a minute that an allergic reaction to chocolate was on the cards.
I’m allergic to wasps and bees so I have an EpiPen, which is always in my handbag,” – Jennifer tells North Wales Live.
Of course, no matter how prepared we are, things never go as planned.
I usually keep it under the stairs but for the first time I’d taken my handbag to my bedroom so William couldn’t find it.”
William knew exactly what to do
Struggling to breathe, Jennifer alerts her eldest son to the fact she needs urgent help. He quickly grabs the phone and calls Emergency Services for assistance.
He gave them his name and age and address and told them he thought I was having an allergic reaction,” – Jennifer recalls.
“I could hear vaguely the conversation between him and the operator and I remember hearing him say ‘mummy isn’t well, she can’t breathe’.”
William didn’t hesitate to help his mum; he follows every instruction given to him over the phone.
He started doing as they were telling him and laid me on the floor and lifted my head back to help open my airways. Because by that point, I was absolutely gasping for breath.”
“He opened the door ready for the paramedics but, other than that, he didn’t leave my side.
In control the whole time
As Jennifer was dealing with the effects of her allergic reaction to chocolate, William cared for his mum the whole time.
My husband arrived home and he took over but William was just amazing, he was so brave.
“The first response team were there within 10 minutes but, without a doubt, William saved my life.
“Doing what he did gave me enough extra time before the ambulance arrived.”
A true hero
There is no doubt that William’s quick thinking saved his mum’s life.
This could have turned out so differently and I am so grateful for William and how switched on he is. He’s my little hero and the way he acted so quickly and calmly was just immense.