Quick-thinking Maddison helps save her mum's life
LITTLE Maddison Darby is a hero — and she's not yet five years old.
The Bryn School reception class pupil's quick-thinking saved her mum's life after she suffered a serious epileptic fit.
"I had a massive seizure in my living room. I didn't realise how bad it was going to be," said Kelly, 34.
"But Maddison was marvellous, she's an angel."
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The family has a Telecare alarm system installed at their home in Heol Elfed, Cefncaeau, and Maddison was able to raise the alarm with the council's Careline team.
"When she saw I wasn't talking to her she pressed the button and told the Careline lady: 'Mummy isn't well. I can't raise her, she's having a fit'.
"Within minutes my mother, who lives along the road, was there.
"Maddison was so brave. She didn't start crying or anything.
"If she hadn't raised the alarm, the seizure would have got worse. I would probably have gone into another one and another one.
"She knows she's done well. She had a bravery award in school for saving her mum's life."
Kelly said the Careline system was recently introduced and she had taught Maddison what to do.
"Before Careline was put in she would ring my mum on my phone," she said.
"We taught her to do that and my mother's number.
"I thought it was a bad idea at first because the phone bills were getting higher and higher because she was just phoning for a chat."
Proud gran Diana Darby also hailed Maddison's heroics.
"She's not yet five and she showed great presence of mind to do what she did," she said.
"When Careline rang me, I was there straight away.
"Maddison was just holding her mum's hand. She said: 'Don't worry Nana'."
Kelly recovered well enough to go to her mum's house where she was under night observation.
Careline team leader Mandy Hinchey said: "Maddison did an excellent job, giving our operator Wendy James all the details we needed for us to call for appropriate help.
"She spoke very clearly and came across as very mature for her age.
"Our agent stayed on the line reassuring her and keeping her calm until help arrived.
"Madison is a very confident and brave little girl, and is a credit to her mum.
"She deserves to be praised for her actions — that she knew to press the red button to call for help in what must have been a very frightening situation for her."