Maddox’s 999 call saves mummy’s life

Maddox Shearer, Hollie Ashton and Brian Wagstaff
Maddox Shearer, Hollie Ashton and Brian Wagstaff

Four-year-old Maddox Shearer is the city’s latest hero after his 999 call saved his mum’s life when she passed out at home.

Hollie Asthon, Maddox’s mum, suffers from kidney disease and passed out at around 11.30am on Monday, April 22 while looking after her son and two-year-old daughter.

Bravely, Maddox picked up the phone and dialled for an ambulance, telling operator Laura Patrick his address.

“She has something wrong with her kidneys,” said Maddox down the phone.

“Wake up mummy!” he repeated. When Hollie came around, the ambulance was waiting outside, and Maddox opened the door to let them in.

Proud mum Hollie said: “With my poor health, I taught Maddox from an early age what to do in case of an emergency when mummy was poorly.

“He stayed calm and acted like a brave and responsible boy and got me the medical help I desperately needed – I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Call taker Laura added: “I was really impressed with Maddox, who not only managed to give me quite a difficult address but was very calm.

“Not many four-year-olds know their address let alone can phone for an ambulance and give such clear information despite being worried about their mum who has passed out.

“Even when Maddox’s mum came round and was talking to me Maddox was able to open the door and show the ambulance crew in. I feel Maddox deserves some recognition for doing such an amazing job.”

The ambulance crew took Hollie to Milton Keynes General Hospital where she was admitted.

She was discharged from hospital a week later and is now back home with Maddox and partner Steven Shearer.

Vicky Holliday, SCAS Area Manager for Milton Keynes, said: “Maddox is a fine example of what any child should do when faced with a medical emergency.

“He has received a commendation from South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for being an outstanding example to others of what to do when you call 999 for an ambulance and, as a special thank you for a job well done, we have given him his own toy ambulance.”