Six-year-old from Chingford saves mother after severe allergic reaction

Calum Clennell with mum Kim Benstead.

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A six-year-old boy’s quick thinking saved his mother’s life after a severe allergic reaction.

Kim Benstead suffered an acute asthma attack triggered by hay fever after working in the garden of her home in Chadwick Avenue, Chingford, on Sunday.

She took multiple pulls on her inhaler, but her condition worsened and she began to pass out.

Her son Calum Clennell then intervened, using his mother’s mobile phone to alert his grandmother, Lorraine, of nearby Abbotts Crescent.

She soon arrived at the house and called an ambulance.

Ms Benstead was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital for treatment and discharged on Sunday evening.

She said: "My chest was getting tighter. I tried the pump about eight time times but I couldn't breathe or remember anything.

"I thought 'I'm gonna die'. I couldn't talk and then Calum took over and literally saved my life."

For more on this story see Thursday's Waltham Forest and Chingford Guardians.

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12:42pm Tue 8 Jul 14

tjm01 says...

Pleased to hear everything turned out O.K, and what a special young lad Calum is
Pleased to hear everything turned out O.K, and what a special young lad Calum is tjm01
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7:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe she should teach him to ring the shorter 999 number instead which would have been even better as it was a long drawn out event to get an ambulance.

What if his granny wasn't in?
Maybe she should teach him to ring the shorter 999 number instead which would have been even better as it was a long drawn out event to get an ambulance. What if his granny wasn't in? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

12:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

I agree with cranberry. What's wrong with teaching kids the right thing to do if a parent becomes disabled.
I agree with cranberry. What's wrong with teaching kids the right thing to do if a parent becomes disabled. Thunderbird4
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3:56pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
I agree with cranberry. What's wrong with teaching kids the right thing to do if a parent becomes disabled.
Unfortunately parents are afraid to tell kids anything these days through fear of offending them so the kids grow up doing what they think best, in this case phoning for a granny instead of an ambulance.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: I agree with cranberry. What's wrong with teaching kids the right thing to do if a parent becomes disabled.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately parents are afraid to tell kids anything these days through fear of offending them so the kids grow up doing what they think best, in this case phoning for a granny instead of an ambulance. Villagecranberry
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