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'She's not breathing': Boy (4) uses Siri to call emergency services to save mother

Once through to emergency services, the boy was able to say what his address was.


A FOUR-YEAR-old boy in Croydon, south London, managed to call emergency services after finding his mother unconscious by using the Siri function on her smartphone.

When his mother wouldn’t wake up, the four-year-old named Roman used her thumb to unlock the phone, and use the Siri function to ask for help.

It dialled 999 and put Roman through to emergency services.

He told the call handler that he thought his mother was dead because “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing”.

The boy was able to say where he lived and what his address was.

Thirteen minutes later, officers arrived and forced their way into the home in Kenley, Croydon, where they found the boy, his twin brother and a younger brother all inside with their mother who lay unconscious on the floor.

She received treatment from paramedics and was brought to hospital after regaining consciousness at home.

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan said that this situation demonstrated the importance of teaching children their home address and what to do in an emergency situation.

He said: “If you do nothing else today, then I’d implore any parents of young children to sit down with them and make sure they know what to do in this kind of situation.

As this case demonstrates so poignantly, it could really be the difference between life and death.

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