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‘She’s my little hero’ – Six-year-old raises alarm during mum’s potentially deadly asthma attack

PUBLISHED: 12:46 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 08 September 2018

Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

Lucy Galligan, from Wattisfield, suffers with brittle asthma – a severe form of the illness.

She woke up feeling woozy but the situation took a dramatic turn for the worse when a life-threatening attack struck – leaving her drifting in and out of consciousness.

Her daughter Rosie-Mae sprung into action and ran to her neighbour’s house for help, and an ambulance was called.

Now out of hospital and recovering, the 41-year-old said she couldn’t be prouder of her little girl.

“She’s my little hero, she saved my life,” said Mrs Galligan.

Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“If she hadn’t have gone over there and raised the alarm I might not be here now.

“When I woke up that morning I was feeling woozy.

“I had a neb (nebuliser) and I felt myself getting worse and phoned ahead for an ambulance to warn them, they said to call again if I got any worse. A minute or so after I put the phone down it got drastically worse.”

She added: “Rosie-Mae ran over to our neighbour Jack and knocked on the door but couldn’t see anyone in there, so she shouted up at him and he rushed down to help.

Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“They were both amazing.

“At this point I was drifting in and out of consciousness.”

The 41-year-old spent three days in hospital after the attack struck on Monday – but was discharged and able to 
see her daughter go back to school by Thursday morning. Quick-thinking neighbour Jack Taylor rushed over to help Mrs Galligan – taking advice from the 999 call handler.

“It was scary seeing her in that way, she was gasping for air when I arrived,” said the 24-year-old.

Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Rosie_Mae Galligan raised the alarm when her mum Lucy had a life threatening asthma attack. 6 year old Rosie-Mae went and alerted neighbours who called an ambulance. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“I sat with her and did what I could, I wasn’t really sure what to do but the ambulance man on the end of the phone was talking me through it.

“He actually told me to make sure she didn’t go blue – that was quite worrying because he said I’d need to run down and get a defibrillator if that happened.

“Rosie was amazing because without her letting us know it’s horrible to think what could have happened.”

Mrs Galligan, who wants to warn people about the dangers of asthma, added: “I’m so grateful to both Jack and Rosie-Mae. They were amazing and saved my life.”

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