2-year-old Riley Ward who called an ambulance when his mother collapsed is given an award

The toddler called the emergency services and told them "mummy's asleep"
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A toddler has received an award for dialling 999 when his mother collapsed at their home.

East Midlands Ambulance Service said 2-year-old Riley Ward saved his mother's life because he knew to call them when she fell ill.

The service has rewarded his brave actions as they believe he is their youngest ever caller.

When his mother Dana Henry collapsed at their home in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire, on 5 February, Riley dialled 999 and told the operator “mummy's asleep”.

Paramedics rushed to the house and Ms Henry was taken to hospital for emergency surgery where it was revealed she had a large blood clot and dangerous bleed on her ovary.

Ms Henry said she had woken that morning with abdominal pains and collapsed after making a cup of tea.

The 27-year-old, who lives with her partner Rob Ward, said: “Rob was just as surprised as I was when we realised Riley had dialled 999, we had drilled it into both of our children since they were old enough to understand numbers. They know that if mummy and daddy are poorly and they can't wake us up they should dial 999."

She added: "It made me really proud that Riley knew what to do, we knew he remembered 999 but were so shocked that he was able to put it into action. He is mummy's little hero."

Speaking of the day she collapsed, Ms Henry said: “All I remember is the room getting smaller and smaller and then I opened my eyes when I heard a police officer trying to kick my door down.

"I would never have rang 999 for myself on that day, I would have kept taking pain killers and hoping the pain would go away. It really scared me because if I didn't pass out and Riley didn't ring the ambulance I may not be here today."

Paul Staples, who was the first paramedic to arrive at the house, said: "When control radio come through and tell you a child has dialled 999 you are immediately concerned for both the child and the patient.

"When I got to Dana's house Riley was stood at the door with a big smile, I think he was excited that he had a police officer and a paramedic in his house.

"He was really interested in all of my equipment and kept coming back to check on his mummy.

"His family must be so proud of his actions; he is a really brave little boy."