A QUICK-THINKING schoolboy aged only six has been hailed a hero by the grandma whose life he saved when she slipped into a diabetic coma.
Little Max Cole, from Hillsborough, put his grandmother Mary Simmons in the recovery position, fed her some vital sugar, and contacted his midwife mum after the 65-year-old passed out suddenly on the sofa.
Paramedics say that, without his swift actions, his beloved nanna may have died because her blood sugar had dropped so dangerously low.
After spending a day in hospital, retired carer Mary, of Longley, told The Star: “He is my little hero. I’m so very proud of him.
“There is a lot I can’t remember but I know what Max did for me - it’s unbelievable.
“It’s marvellous that he had the sense to do the things he did.
“The paramedics and the doctors said if Max hadn’t been around there is a big chance I wouldn’t be here.”
Max, a pupil at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Parson Cross, was spending the day with Mary - who has managed her diabetes for more than 15 years - when she started to feel unwell.
She was suffering from hypoglycemia, a condition that occurs when blood sugar is too low, and became unresponsive.
Max used his grandma’s phone to send a text message to his mum Sam, asking her to come.
And when she rang back he was able to give her Mary’s latest blood sugar reading.
Proud Sam said: “He asked if he should phone an ambulance. He couldn’t wake her and was shouting, and then he tried to get her off the sofa to put her in the recovery position.
“But he was calm, he was cool.
“Max wasn’t scared at all. Because she was sweating he turned the heating down, and he even put the cat in the kitchen so it wouldn’t get in the way.
“He then had to get a chair out to reach a cup and some dilute juice, because he knew she needed some sugar.”
By the time Sam, aged 35, arrived, Max had the situation completely in hand.
He had managed to make Mary drink the juice, had got out her insulin equipment, and was sitting beside her reassuring her that everything would be okay.
After a night in the Northern General Hospital, Mary is now safely back home - with plans for a ‘big reward’ for her saviour, who has studied first aid at his Beaver club and has also picked up tips from his mum.
Sam added: “When the ambulance man arrived he said that if Max hadn’t been there and didn’t know what to do, he could have been sitting with a dead lady.
“For a six-year-old what he did was amazing, and we could not be prouder of him.”