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Toddler's four words saved her mother's life

Incredible story of how a three-year-old's words saved mum's life

By Web Desk
April 10, 2024
Toddlers words save mums life. (Emma with her daughter Amelia. — SWNS)
Toddler's words save mum's life. (Emma with her daughter Amelia. — SWNS)

Some words that abruptly came out of a three-year-old's mouth helped save her mother's life.

Toddler's mother 33-year-old mother, Emma Evans, suffered an epileptic seizure and fell into the bath.

Her toddler daughter, Amelia, alerted her father by saying, "mummy pinched my bath".

Emma's husband, Alun, 52, found her four minutes later. Her skin had a worrying shade of "navy blue". He performed six rounds of CPR, miraculously reviving her before paramedics arrived.

Later, Emma was rushed to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, where she spent five days before being sent back home to rest.

She received multiple injuries during her previous seizures. Yet, this incident was different—it could have been fatal.

Emma, an operating department practitioner from Bridgend, South Wales, credited her survival to her daughter's alertness and her husband's quick response. "My husband brought me back to life, but if my daughter had not alerted him, I wouldn't be here now," she said.

"While he was doing chest compressions, she had her little wand and was waving it above my head saying 'wake up mummy'. I've not really been able to go in the bathroom since, it's been really hard. I feel like if there was any part of that situation different it would have ended differently.

"My husband was away the week before and my daughter usually plays in her bedroom while I run her a bath it was obviously not my time to go."

Emma, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 22, believes she had a seizure before falling against the door and then into the bath. 

Now, the mother-of-one plans to continue teaching Amelia about seizures. She also encourages others to learn CPR and basic first aid.

"CPR and first aid are not difficult to learn it's something that should be common knowledge," Emma said.

"It's been a traumatic experience I'm still recovering from basically dying. As Amelia gets older my husband will be teaching her CPR and first aid and we'll teach her the basics of what to do during a seizure as she's getting older too. I'm still just in disbelief, it was her actions that saved me, I just feel like given her age she's gone above and beyond."