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Son's 000 call saves mum

Bailey Fuller meets the voice on the other end of the line – emergency medical dispatcher Matt Salter. Bailey, 5, talked to Mr Salter when his mother collapsed at their Gympie home last month.
Bailey Fuller meets the voice on the other end of the line – emergency medical dispatcher Matt Salter. Bailey, 5, talked to Mr Salter when his mother collapsed at their Gympie home last month. Renee Pilcher

YOUNG Bailey Fuller says he wants to be an ambulance officer when he grows up.

It all started when his mother collapsed at their Gympie family home last month.

For his quick thinking in phoning 000, Bailey, 5, was awarded the North Coast Region's 2011 Young Hero of the Year Award yesterday.

Mum Ellie Fuller said she was supposed to be at home looking after Bailey, who was sick on August 17, but instead she needed looking after.

Mrs Fuller was so sick she spent 10 days in hospital.

She said days before the awards ceremony Bailey was excited about getting to wear his red "hero's" tie.

"I'm very proud of him," Bailey's dad Daniel Fuller said.

Emergency medical dispatcher Matt Salter said he remembered Bailey telling him his mum had "fallen over" and was having a "sleep on the floor".

"I took the phone call from Bailey," he said.

"He was quite good and remained very calm. He managed to stay on the line, he was a credit to himself, his parents and his school."

Mrs Fuller said they had "always put it in the kids' heads to call 000".

"He's a very bright and strong boy," she said.

At the Queensland Ambulance Service Star Care Awards, commissioner Russell Bowles said Bailey was the most deserving recipient of the award because he took control of the situation.

He said most five year olds would not know what to do if their parent collapsed, let alone take steps to save their life.

But Bailey showed calmness and courage beyond his years.

"Bailey climbed onto a chair so that he could reach the phone to dial 000 and the emergency medical dispatcher stayed on the phone with Bailey until the crew arrived," Mr Bowles said.

"He calmly met the crew at the door and even when asked to put his shoes on, he did so promptly, grabbing his toy dog in the process. The crew were very impressed with Bailey's calm demeanour during such a difficult time whilst also showing genuine concern for his mother who, thanks to him, is recovering well."

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