QUICK thinking made one Linlithgow girl a hero this week as she was honoured by police for her bravery.
Little Leah Grant was only seven years old when she saved her mum’s life in November 2009 with a phone call to the emergency services.
Mum Grace (48) had a fit at home after husband Bobby (45) had gone to work. When Leah noticed her mum was unwell she checked her vital signs and dialled 999, after seeing it done on Children in Need.
A police spokesman said: “Despite the terrible situation she found herself in, Leah calmly checked that her mum was still breathing and had a heartbeat before dialling 999, explaining the circumstances, and asking for help.
“When police arrived at the house, paramedics were treating Leah’s mum, with Leah providing helpful information, while staying calm throughout. At just seven years old, Leah’s swift and calm response meant emergency services were able to treat her mum immediately.
“Everyone involved was impressed with Leah’s caring, thoughtful and polite manner, and we are delighted to honour her.”
On Wednesday the family who stay at Avontoun Park went to Edinburgh so Leah, a primary four pupil at Linlithgow Primary, could pick up her meritorious award from Lothian and Borders police.
Dad Bobby said: “We are very proud of her - she took it all in her stride and reacted very well on the day. She can be a lot older than her years.
‘‘The awards day was really good, she is quite chuffed. Somebody asked her for her autograph and she loved that.
She is taking her award into school for a ‘show and tell’, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.’’