Quick-thinking kids saved their dad’s life
TWO young heroes who helped to save their dad's life under intense pressure will be rewarded for their bravery on Tuesday.
Eight-year-old Phoenix Pool and younger sister Winter Paget helped ambulance officers and then paramedics while their father suffered a sudden and severe medical emergency.
On August 25, late on a Saturday afternoon, Phoenix called his mother and then updated an ambulance operator for nearly 10 minutes after his father, Marcus, woke up dazed and unable to communicate.
"Dad was just lying in bed and I went to give him a hug and Dad woke up and he wasn't making any sense at all," Phoenix said.
Immediately realising something was wrong, he called his mother Amalie Paget and her partner Darren, who then called triple-0.
"Marcus had been unwell for a few days and when Phoenix called he sounded upset and said 'Daddy's not making any sense'," Amalie said.
Ambulance officers said Phoenix's quick actions and calm presence over the phone helped save his father's life.
The siblings will be recognised by Ambulance Victoria as Community Heroes at a special ceremony in Southgate.
The phone call, lasting little more than eight minutes, shows how Phoenix calmly took instructions from the ambulance operator.
"Dad, can you raise both arms above your head, like this?" he said.
"Watch me. Can you do this? Dad, can you do this for me?"
The young boy told the operator that his father could not perform any of the tasks he was asked, including smiling and saying "the early bird gets the worm".
This allowed paramedics to understand the severity of the medical emergency.
Although just three years old, Winter sat with her father keeping him company and helped to keep him calm.
Paramedics arrived within minutes and thanks to the young pair, were able transport Mr Pool to the Austin Hospital safely.
Doctors later diagnosed the 34-year-old with Meningococcal septicaemia, a severe blood infection that can kill in just hours.
Mr Pool fell into an induced coma for 11 days before waking on Father's Day to see his family again.
The proud father said he was in awe of his son.
"Phoenix is my superhero, he saved my life," Mr Pool said.
"I can never repay him for what he's done for me and I cannot thank him enough for saving me."
Mr Pool has been in hospital since that night and had both legs amputated last week.
The Pool and Paget families thanked the paramedics and staff from the Austin Hospital for their efforts to save Mr Pool's life.
Ambulance Victoria's Community Hero Awards recognise and thank everyday Victorians who bravely assist someone at the scene of a medical emergency.
This is the 19th year of the awards, and will celebrate the incredible stories of five patients, whose outcome would certainly have been much worse had it not been for the actions of quick-thinking bystanders.
Since the first Community Hero Awards in 2000, nearly 250 outstanding members of the community have been recognised.