Cool Evie saves her mum’s life

Seven-year-old Evie Norman with her mum Louise Evans. Pic: '''Paul Macnamara/
Seven-year-old Evie Norman with her mum Louise Evans. Pic: '''Paul Macnamara/

A seven-year-old schoolgirl whose heavily pregnant mum collapsed rang 999 - before directing the lost ambulance to the hospital maternity wing.

Mum-of-three Louise Evans was at 35 weeks when she suffered a pre-eclampsic fit at home in Longfield Road, Edenthorpe, Doncaster, with daughters Evie, then seven, and Belle, five.

But, instead of panicking, cool-headed Evie ran into the house, grabbed the phone and rang 999 - telling the operator her mummy was asleep and wouldn’t wake up.

Guided by the operator, Evie managed to put Louise into the recovery position, check her airways and watch for her breathing - while delivering whispered instructions to Belle who aided her.

At one point, the operator asked Evie to check her mum’s mouth for food or vomit, asking: “Is there anything in her mouth?” - to which Evie replied: “Just her teeth.”

Brave Evie managed to follow instructions until the ambulance service arrived to rush Louise to nearby Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

But once they arrived in the hospital grounds, the ambulance driver couldn’t find the maternity wing - so Evie, who had been to the department with mum Louise for scans previously, stepped up again and directed him to the right building.

Thankfully, Louise’s third baby girl was born safely later that day - and, to say thank you, Louise allowed Evie and Belle to choose her name, Alice.

Louise, aged 30, a support worker at a children’s centre, said: “I’m so proud of Evie.

“I’m always proud of the girls every day, of course, but what Evie and Belle did that day was just amazing.

“They were so brave, and I’m amazed they managed to remember what to do in an emergency.

“I’ll never forget they saved mine and Alice’s life and I want them to feel proud of themselves too.”

Louise had been watching Evie and Belle dressing up as princesses and putting on shows during the hot afternoon last year.

She said: “I went inside to get them a drink, and that’s the last thing I can remember.

“But ever since my girls were little I’ve made sure they know what to do in an emergency and what their address is. I even made up little songs with Evie about our phone number so she could remember it easily.”

The drama happened last August, when the girls were just seven and five.