A Hartlepool miracle twin has received a bravery award after saving his mum’s life when she has an epileptic fit in their home.
Quick-thinking three-year-old Harley Garthwaite was awarded the bravery certificate from North East Ambulance Service after alerting his family when his mum Hayley, was having an eplieptic seizure.
The youngster and his twin brother Archie, who suffers from cerebral palsy, were the smallest premature twins in the country to survive after they were born 17 weeks early weighing less than 2lb each.
After witnessing his mum Hayley, 23, having an epileptic seizure at their home in Irvine Road, on November 29, Harley quickly grabbed his mum’s mobile phone and video-called his great-grandmother Cynthia Williams, 69, where he was able to show her what was happening in real time.
Cynthia and Hayley’s mum, Karen Kennedy, 50, rushed to their home and, when Hayley still hadn’t come round five minutes later, she dialled 999, and told call handler Lauren Robinson what happened before she sent out an ambiulance.
Recently qualified paramedic Robin Putman, 29, arrived within minutes and took Hayley to hospital.
Robin was so impressed with Harley’s actions that he decided to formally recognise him with a bravery certificate, which he was able to hand Harley when they were reunited, alongside Lauren.
Mum Hayley said she ‘owes the world’ to Harley’s behaviour.
“The last thing I remember from that day was going to make a cup of tea,” said Hayley.
“Apparently when my mum and nana got there, Harley was laid with me in his arms stroking my hair. He was saying ‘mammy open your eyes’.
“He got up and unlocked the door for them then when the paramedic arrived, he was able to tell them exactly what had happened. He lay on the floor next to me and showed them what happened to me.” When Hayley came home from hospital she found a letter from the paramedics which said Harley had been nominated for the award.
She said: “I’ve never had such a bad seizure, in fact it was so bad they put me to sleep to let my organs recover and I didn’t wake up until the next day.
“The doctor did tell me that if it wasn’t for Harley I might not be here now.
“I had wanted to thank everyone who had helped me that day anyway so when I got the letter to say they wanted to give Harley a bravery certificate I was over the moon.
“Harley really does deserve some recognition as he also helps me look after his twin brother, Archie, who has cerebral palsy. He’s my little hero. I am very proud.”
Paramedic Robin said Harley’s actions saved his mum’s life.
“It must have been quite distressing to see his mum have a seizure, especially at his age,” said Robin.
“For a three year old to act the way he did was really impressive. He was a superstar and his actions undoubtedly saved his mum’s life.”
Born 17 weeks early, little fighters Archie and Harley Garthwaite were the most premature sets of twins in the country to survive when they were born in June 2012 weighing less than 2lb each.
Archie who weighed just 1lb 4oz and Harley at 1lb 6oz, clung to life despite both having holes in their tiny hearts.
Archie underwent gruelling open heart surgery at just two weeks old, with Harley following two weeks later.
The pair have made an amazing recovery but Archie has been left with cerebral palsy.
Now the family from Irvine Road, Hartlepool, are continuing to strive for the best for the twins and have launched a campaign called Please Help Me Find My Feet to raise £50,000 for an Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation for Archie which could help him walk independently.
So far the family have taken on various fundraising events backed by local businesses including a fun day at Lifestyle Fitness gym at Jacksons Landing; a UB40 tribute act will perform at the Rovers Quoit Club on Easington Road; and a winter wonderland event also at the Rovers Quoit Club.
To donate to the appeal visit: https://www.gofundme.com/wu4d947c