Lee Black, Age Five: “I got a Chair and had to Climb Up High to Open Three Locks to Help. I’m a Hero and I Got a New Playmobil Farm”

On 7 July 2015, Maria Black, age 46, suffered a stroke in the early hours of the morning in her home in Craigentinny, Scotland. Craigentinny is a suburb of Edinburgh. She and her son, Lee, age five, had been away from home for two weeks because of a family bereavement. Ms. Black, who was suffering from a chest infection, said, “I can’t remember much after we got home, just that we were exhausted after the journey and it was after midnight. My best friend, Jackie, had called me the day before and I told her I would be home, so she had planned to come and visit us the next day.” She added, “I took a stroke but I have no recollection of it. All I remember is waking up in hospital eight days later thinking I had been away on holiday. I collapsed on the couch. It must have happened shortly after we got home because I can’t remember anything. Apparently Lee had slept on top of me all night because he thought I was asleep, and in the morning he tried to wake me up by feeding me a Mars bar, and giving me some Lucozade. It wasn’t until Jackie came round the next day and nobody answered the door that she knew something was wrong.” Because no one answered the door, Jacqueline “Jackie” Hext, age 30, called Ms. Black’s house number. Ms. Hext said, “I didn’t have Maria’s house number in my mobile so I had to wait until I got home. Lee answered and said, ‘Mummy’s asleep. I’ve tried but she isn’t waking up.’” Ms. Hext went back to Ms. Black’s apartment, and Lee opened three locks and let her in. Ms. Hext said, “It was so scary. Maria was just lying on the couch breathing heavily and I knew something seriously wasn’t right, so I dialed 999 [Scotland’s emergency number].” Ms. Black was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where she spent eight days in intensive care before regaining consciousness. She said, “I am so proud of Lee. I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for him climbing over me to answer the phone. He had been trying to wake me up by feeding me a Mars bar; he’s so brave.” Lee said, “I got a chair and had to climb up high to open three locks to help. I’m a hero and I got a new Playmobil farm.”

For More Information: Courtney Cameron, “Hero boy, aged 5, saves mum’s life after stroke.” Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland). 19 September 2015

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