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Mom Credits Her Four-Year-Old Daughter With Saving Her Life After A Severe Asthma Attack

Faye Humphries (Family handout/PA)

A mother says her four-year-old daughter saved her life by calling 999 when she suffered a severe asthma attack.


Katie Humphries was playing with Faye at their home in Southampton, Hampshire, England, when she began feeling weird. She was having an asthma attack, and her inhalers failed to help her breathe. She started to become numb in her arms and legs.

Katie and Faye Humphries (Family handout/PA)

After telling her daughter that “Mummy needs help," the kid called 999 and asked for an ambulance.

“She said 'Mummy can't breathe', they asked how old I was, she couldn't answer how old, they then asked what is my name and she answered 'Mummy Humphries'," Humphries told PA.

“They stayed on the phone with her all the time and she let the paramedics in. She was so calm for a four-year-old."

The 32-year-old said that after the paramedics arrived, she suffered a second asthma attack and needed an adrenaline injection before she was taken to hospital.

Faye Humphries (Family handout/PA)

The four-year-old was so calm and collected it gave the paramedics enough time to help her mom.

“If it wasn't for her, I do not think I would be here now because I couldn't get my breath, my chest was getting tighter and tighter, my hands and feet were tingly, it was really the worst asthma attack I've had," Humphries said, praising her daughter.

“When I got home from the hospital, she asked me 'Mummy, am I in trouble?' because I have always told her 999 is not to be played around with, but I said because it was an emergency you are allowed to call 999."

We are so glad they are both okay.