A seven-year-old girl has been hailed a hero after she administered emergency CPR on her mum – which she learned by watching videos on YouTube.
Quick-thinking Jessica Kinder was watching the Grinch when she saw her 32-year-old mum Becky Green collapse to the ground having a seizure.
The schoolgirl grabbed a nearby glass of water and threw it in Becky’s face to “try and wake her up” before straddling her and performing CPR.
She then took hold of her mum’s phone and attempted to unlock it before realising she could ring 999 without entering a password or fingerprint.
Becky, an admin worker for the NHS, said she woke up being treated by paramedics and has since described Jessica as her “hero”.
“I’m so proud of her – I can’t believe how heroically she acted,” she said.
“It must have been so stressful for her to see that but she stepped up and tried to save me.
“For a seven-year-old to do that is incredible – she’s my hero.”
She added: “I’ve got her something extra special for Christmas as a big thank you.”
The incident happened at 9.30am on November 26, after Becky had dropped her ten-year-old son Grant at school and returned home with Jessica, who was off sick.
“I put a Christmas film on to make Jessica feel better and the last thing I remember is putting a cup of tea down for her, then I passed out,” Becky said.
“When I woke up the paramedics were here and my little girl was hysterical.”
After being rushed to a nearby hospital in Preston, Lancs, Becky underwent a number of tests before receiving the devastating news a week later that she has epilepsy.
At the time of the seizure on November 26 the condition was undiagnosed and Becky is unaware of any first aid training relating to it Jessica had learned.
She said: “When I realised what had happened I asked her, ‘how did you know what to do?’
“She said to me, ‘oh I saw someone do it on YouTube’ – I couldn’t believe it.
“She likes watching videos and I know that she takes things in quite well but I had no idea she had watched a video about CPR.
“If she hadn’t known what to do and acted so quickly who knows what might have happened?”
In the moments after regaining consciousness Becky was told by paramedics what an incredible job her daughter and done and since then Jessica has explained what she did.
“My little girl straddled me to do CPR because she thought I was dying,” Becky said.
“She knew she had to put all her weight on me from the YouTube videos.
“Then she tried to unlock my phone using my own fingerprint, but that wouldn’t work, before dialling 999.”
Becky says doctors think her epilepsy might be linked to an incident 12 years ago when she fell and hit her head, even though nothing like this has happened since then.
She will find out the full extent of her condition in the coming months.
Becky said the paramedics and doctors who treated her were “amazing” and that she “can’t thank them enough” for their brilliant care.
Since the diagnosis she has been supported by her friends, family and 36-year-old boyfriend David Gardner, who works for Network Rail.
In the days following the seizure Jessica was sick for a few days, which doctors say was probably a symptom of post traumatic stress having seen her mum fitting.
Since returning to school she has been given a bravery award and Becky says her daughter now has her sights set on helping others in the future by becoming a doctor or a nurse.