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999 boy saves epileptic father

A quick thinking schoolboy saved his father after he suffered an epileptic fit and even rang his school to say he would miss his class.

Kieron Spencer, nine, from Newcastle, reacted quickly when his father Karl, 34, suffered a fit and ended up semi-conscious on their kitchen floor.

He instantly dialled 999 to ask for an ambulance before ringing his school to explain what had happened and then getting his five-year-old brother Dylan ready for the day.

"I'm really proud of him and pleased he knew what to do. I'm proud of what he did for me," said Karl.

"I have had a fit before in my sleep and he had seen what his mother had done by phoning the ambulance.

"He even got his little brother ready, which is quite unusual for him as he doesn't normally like doing it.

"And if it happens again I know I have got someone to look after me."

Kieron has since been presented with a bravery certificate by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), who said he gave them all the information they needed on the phone.

A NEAS spokeswoman said: "Kieron was fantastic. He made what can only be described as a text-book 999 call.

"He provided all the information we needed before arriving on the scene, including giving his dad's medical history, and put his dad in the right position for a recovery.

"There has been a spate of young kids who have saved the day recently by contacting us, and it's fantastic to know that parents and teachers are explaining what they have to do in an emergency."

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