School Girl Recognised For Coming To Her Dad’s Aid
An East Sussex school girl has been recognised and praised by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) for coming to the aid of her diabetic dad when his blood sugars crashed.
Georgia Taylor, 11, from Heathfield, knew something wasn’t right when her dad Ian, 48, a type 1 diabetic, started acting strangely on the evening of 27 April 2018. Acting quickly she contacted her mum Sarah, who was herself in hospital, and who contacted 999 to put Emergency Medical Advisor, Emily Szukiewicz, in touch with her daughter.
Georgia remained calm and had already begun to administer glucose treatment to her dad as she followed Emily’s instructions. Settling on the best option available being honey, Georgia, gradually administered a total of five teaspoons prior to the arrival of ambulance crew Liam Scott and Ricky Braiden.
By the time the pair arrived Ian was beginning to recover thanks to the unflustered actions of his daughter. After some further monitoring he was able to be discharged at home.
Ian said: “Georgia obviously knows I have diabetes and we’ve taught her what to do as she’s grown up with it. We’re both really proud of how well she did. We think my blood sugar level dropped to less than 1 but it had risen to around 3 when the crew arrived. Thanks also to Emily for everything she did to help Georgia.”
Georgia and her parents met up with Emily recently at Polegate Make Ready Centre where she was presented with a certificate of recognition and a pin badge and was shown round an ambulance by Operational Team Leader Jo Brown.
Emily said: “Georgia was brilliant. She told me exactly what was happening and was really calm. She was better at communicating to me what was going on than many adults are. She and her mum and dad should be very proud of her actions. I was delighted to present her with a certificate and badge. She’s extremely deserving.”
Georgia, who attends Maynard’s Green Community Primary School had some wise words of advice any other 999 callers adding: “I’d say just try not to worry about it as the more you worry, the more unclear you’ll be. I just did what I had to do to get help for my dad.”
Sarah added: “We’re really proud. Georgia did a great job. It’s important people know what to do if they come across someone who could be having a diabetic hypo. People often assume someone is perhaps drunk but acting in a confused or dazed state could be due to a diabetic hypo, which can be fatal if not treated. Even if people don’t want to approach an individual they should they can still call 999 and report it.
“I’d also remind diabetics to review their usual off-the-shelf treatments as many drinks have been reformulated recently and may no longer provide the same level of carbohydrates as they did previously.”