9 year-old Noah Mattani is the latest, “Triple Zero Hero”, praised by NSW Ambulance for saving his mother’s life after she suffered a stroke while driving him to swimming lessons.
The Scots College student phoned his dad from their car when he noticed something was wrong with his mum in October last year.
“When my mum was parking she turned her head and then she felt something weird and then she started to feel a little bit worse,” recalled Noah.
Within minutes he received a connecting Triple Zero call that would change both him and his mother’s life.
The quick and clear thinking youngster was able to perform a series of test on his mum, asking her to raise both hands above her head and see if she could smile, following the instructions of the Ambulance operator carefully.
Despite his calm phone manner, Noah’s instincts knew something was wrong. “'I did not feel good and I knew something was not right with her... I was scared.'
Thanks to Noah, the operator identified that Mrs. Mattani was having a stroke. Parked along Deepwater Rd, during peak hour, identifying the exact location of the Mattani’s car was critical for the first responders’ team.
The primary school student was able to name nearby shops and turned on the car’s hazard lights.
Kate Phippard was one of the paramedic’s on duty who attended to Mrs. Mattani, “We did not have any difficulty finding the car and with his mum’s condition speed and getting her to hospital as quickly as possible is what delivered a positive outcome.”
Noah’s mother Nicole has since made a full recovery and calls her son, “my little champion”.
Stroke is a leading cause of death in Australia, killing more women than breast cancer.