NINE-year-old Michael Free is a hero in his mother’s eyes for making the Triple-0 call she believes saved her life.
Rosel Free, of North Albury, said if her son Michael hadn’t called the ambulance early on Tuesday she might not have survived an asthma attack.
“Maybe I would have died,” she said.
Michael was the only other person home when Mrs Free found herself struggling for breath.
Immediately, her feet and arms grew cold. She couldn’t speak and began to shake and panic in a severe reaction to a chronic lung problem.
She said she could not have spoken on the phone during such a severe attack.
“I’m lucky I’ve got Michael, He’s my special boy,” Mrs Free said.
“I’m happy I’ve got a hero like this.”
Michael said television had taught him what to do in an emergency.
He said he knew the number to dial when his mum gestured for him to call an ambulance.
“I learned the number from TV shows,” he said.
“I heard it and made sure I remembered it.”
After answering Triple-0’s questions, Michael propped his mum up in a comfortable position on the couch and waited for the ambulance.
“I was a bit stressed because I’ve never done anything like that before,” he said.
His dad, Mark, said when Michael returned to Glenroy Public school, he would ensure other students knew what to do in an emergency.
Michael said not all his friends knew the number for ambulance, the fire brigade and police.
“Everyone needs to know those numbers just in case something happens to their brother, sister, mum or dad,” he said.”
Mrs Free returned home yesterday after three days in isolation at Albury Base Hospital.