On Tuesday 7 March, Roman, a 4-year-old boy from Kenley, Croydon, saved his mother's life by using her thumbprint to unlock her iPhone. He then used the Siri function to dial 999, which put him through to emergency services.
Thanks to Roman's phone call, the police and paramedics were able to locate the family home in just under 13 minutes.
When they arrived, they found Roman with his twin brother, his younger brother, and their mum, who was lying unconscious on the floor. The paramedics gave her life-saving first aid. She regained consciousness and was then taken to hospital.
Police have released a clip of the 999 call to remind parents about the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 in an emergency.
Here is the full conversation:
Operator: Hello, this is the police. What is your emergency?
Roman: Hello, I'm Roman.
O: Where's your mummy?
R: She's at home.
O: Where are you?
R: At home as well.
O: Can you do me a favour? Can you go and get mummy?
R: We can't, she's dead.
O: You said mummy was there – what do you mean she's dead?
R: It means that she's closing her eyes and she's not breathing.
O: Do you know where you live?
R: ____ Road, 22.
O: Can you go to your mummy and shake her for me?
R: She's not waking up.
O: Give her a good shake, shout out 'Mummy'.
R: Mummy! It didn't work.
O: Are you in Kenley?
R: Yes, Kenley!
O: What's your name?
Victoria Sanusi is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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