Schoolboy Jack Lally has been hailed a hero after saving his dad’s life when he suffered a chronic asthma attack.
The quick-thinking seven-year-old was at home with dad Adrian who suddenly became seriously ill while cooking his tea.
Calm and collected Jack immediately dialled 999 to give clear and concise details on his dad’s condition and provide his address.
He then directed the ambulance to his house in Knutton when he spotted it going the wrong way on the evening of Tuesday, May 19.
Adrian was rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s resus room and is now continuing his recovery at home.
The 48-year-old, who suffers with chronic brittle asthma, said: “I had been cooking my tea when my asthma started getting bad and I went upstairs to get my medication.
“When I have an attack it comes on really suddenly. I had been using my nebuliser and drugs but it wasn’t working.
“Jack came and checked to see if I was OK but I couldn’t breathe or talk. I really thought it was curtains. I genuinely feared I was going to die. I was conscious but not really with it.
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“I knew if I didn’t get help straight away that would be it.
“He rang the ambulance and told them what was happening and answered all their questions. He gave them our address and went downstairs and waited outside.
“The ambulance was here is five or 10 minutes and he’s showed them up to where I was. I was rushed to A&E on blue lights and was taken straight into resus.
“I’ve had a chest infection for a while and I’m only just starting to recover now. I suffer with really bad chronic asthma anyway but I’ve not had a bad attack for about 12 months.
“I’m very proud of Jack, I’m just so glad he was in the house with me. He remained remarkably calm and collected. He’s a very clever little boy.
“My partner was visiting my mother’s grave at the time and those few minutes could have been all the difference.
“I’m also so grateful to the NHS, especially at this time.”
Jack, who attends St Luke’s Primary School in Silverdale, said his instinct kicked in when he saw his dad struggling for breath.
He said: “It was a really bad asthma attack and I knew he needed help.
“I saw the ambulance coming but they weren’t going the right way so I was waving and shouted ‘eh up, I’m over here’.
“I’ve never had to call an ambulance before but I remained calm and knew what I had to do.
“I told them where we were and then went outside to check they didn’t go the wrong address.
“I then saw dad go in the back. It seemed like ages that he was gone but I’m so glad he’s OK.”