Seven-year-old boy saves his uncle's life after collapsing in Newbridge.
8:02am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Seven-year-old Jack Williams helped paramedics when his uncle Ian Williams collapsed at their family home. Jack Williams and his uncle Ian Williams at home. (1705669)
A SEVEN-year-old boy helped save his uncle's life when he collapsed at their home in Newbridge.
Jack Williams, of Church Road, was upstairs when his uncle Ian Williams, 58, collapsed. Mr Williams who suffers from asthma and emphysema was outside in the garden when he felt faint and managed to crawl into the house to dial 999.
Three paramedics arrived at the house, one ambulance and a rapid response team on October 12 at 8.12pm and were let in by the Ysgol Gymraeg Cwm Derwen pupil. Jack led the paramedics to his uncle who was semi-conscious and having difficulty breathing.
Mr Williams said: "Without a shadow of a doubt Jack saved my life. I've had one or two attacks in my life but this was the most severe.
"I managed to say ambulance and that was as much as I remember. Jack did all the rest, he told them the problems I was feeling and where his mam was.
"I live alone so if I were at home - there is no doubt I would now be up with the angels."
Mr Williams was admitted to Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, where he stayed for four days for tests on his respiratory system.
He said: "Jack was a champion. I can't think of many children or even adults that would stay so calm in this situation."
Jacks's mother, Adele Williams, 44, was on a train from Treherbert at the time and was surprised when paramedics answered her uncle's phone. It took her two hours to reach the hospital where Jack waited by his uncle's bed.
She said: "I don't think he's quite realised what he has done. My uncle is lucky to be alive as he usually lives at home and there would have been no one to help him Jack told me he went in the ambulance and it was fantastic, with all the cars were pulling over for the ambulance. He said he knew he had to help his uncle and knew to tell the paramedics as much details as possible."
She added:" I am so proud of him. The paramedics said he was so brave and didn't cry - he just wanted to ride in the front of the ambulance with the sirens on."
Doctors told Mr Williams that his breathing problems were due to a combination of his emphysema and bronchitis. Mr Williams said he is feeling better but will have to take medication and have a scan in six weeks time.
He said: "The nurses at Gwent were first class. It was first class service all the way."
The family celebrated Mr William's 58th birthday on Wednesday after he was released from hospital. Miss Williams said: "Jack is very close with my uncle and now I think it has brought them even closer."
The Welsh Ambulance Service have praised Jack and plan to reward him with a goodie bag. Chris Hughes, one of the paramedics who attended, said: “Jack showed a calmness that would escape many adults in a similar situation.
“He was most helpful to the crew when we arrived, and without a doubt played a vital part in his uncle's survival. Jack is a testament to his family and a shining example to other youngsters of what to do in a medical emergency."
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