Rugby superstar Sienna, 5, calls 999 to save her mum - The Rugby Observer

Rugby superstar Sienna, 5, calls 999 to save her mum

Rugby Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A BRAVE five-year-old girl kept her cool and dialled 999 while her mum was on the floor having a seizure.

Young Sienna Adderley made the vital call on Thursday (January 29) while mum Katie was convulsing on the kitchen floor.

She kept calm and took little brother Riley, 2, to safety while police and paramedics broke down their front door and brought Katie back to consciousness.

Katie, who has a history of seizures, said: “I’m extremely proud of Sienna.




“This is the first time she’s had to phone 999 and we didn’t know for certain that it was something she could do.

“Everyone’s praising her and telling her how clever she is, but she just says: ‘Well that’s what you would do.’


“She’s such a character, but she’s so coy about it – she doesn’t think its a big deal at all!”

A recording of the 999 call shows Sienna – distressed at first – telling the operator she couldn’t wake her mummy up, before clearly and calmly answering questions and providing updates about her mum’s condition.

“She’s collapsed on the floor and she’s shaking,” she told the 999 operator. Once she had calmed down, she later added: “I might be late for school now!”

Officers had to break through the front door because Sienna couldn’t reach the latch to unlock it.

Her mum said Sienna seemed fine after she woke up. “All she said was: ‘If mummy’s ok, can I go back to school now? I’m going to be late.’

“She wasn’t bothered or fazed by it. Her teacher, who didn’t find out what had happened until later, said she wouldn’t have known because Sienna was her usual self.”

Sienna will be commended for her tremendous courage by officers from Rugby West Safer Neighbourhood Team during an assembly at her school.

PC James Graham said: “The call in itself was amazing, but Sienna also stayed on the line while checking her mum and looking after her younger brother.

“All the attending officers thought she was fantastic and a superstar, and she just took it all in her stride. She deserves recognition for her actions and her parents are rightly proud of her.”

After news of the rescue spread, Katie’s friend Jo Woodfield started raising funds to pay for a new front door.

“I cried most of yesterday when I found out about it,” said Katie, whose partner has had to cut back his working hours due to her condition.

“We were shocked when we found out the door would cost £500 to repair – that’s the money we would have saved for the children’s holiday. I would have been gutted at the thought that my children would yet again have to go without because of me.

“I’m taken aback about the appeal and don’t really understand it all, but it’s lovely. There’s donations on there from strangers and people from school I haven’t seen in years, it’s just unbelievable.

“You don’t really see things like that now where communities come together to help other people. So the fact that Jo did this means an awful lot.”

By Tuesday morning, by which time news of Sienna’s deeds had made it onto local radio, the appeal had raced past its £500 target to reach £900.

Jo Woodfield, in her introduction to the online appeal, said: “Sienna was a superstar, wise beyond her years and helped her mummy when she was poorly.

“We all know Katie is one of the most giving and caring people out there and we feel its now time to give something little back to such a strong and loving family.”

Visit www.gofundme.com/l1zqqc to donate.

Katie and Sienna with their damaged door where police and paramedics had to break in. Picture by Jon Mullis 05.015.012.rug.jm3

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