Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thanks Mum for Saving My Life; EXCLUSIVE Youngster Escapes Death a Second Time

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thanks Mum for Saving My Life; EXCLUSIVE Youngster Escapes Death a Second Time

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Byline: Chris Robinson

BRAVE two-year-old Emily Kate Jackson has twice fought for life in just two months - and now she has her mum to thank for saving her.

The toddler was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by mother Sarah after she stopped breathing and is now recovering at home.

But it was the second time in just two months that the toddler had to fight for life.

Emily Kate was airlifted to intensive care in June after suffering a two-hour epileptic fit.

Her family last night spoke of their shock at the latest incident and their pride in quick-thinking mum Sarah, a community midwife.

They were at the youngster's side for two days while she was being treated at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Emily Kate, who was discharged yesterday, suffers from the rare tuberous sclerosis complex.

Following her two-hour fit earlier this year her family launched a charity appeal to raise funds for research into the condition.

Last night, Mrs Jackson, of Dudley, Cramlington, Northumberland, said: "She did give us quite a fright, I'm just so glad I knew what to do. She was sitting on my mam's knee and she was hot because she had tonsillitis.

"All of a sudden she stopped breathing.

Then she went blue and floppy, it was pretty scary, it all happened so fast.

"When she started breathing again I managed to give her medicine and the ambulance came very quick and she was taken to hospital. Her temperature went up to about 40degC.

"She's fine now, she's just a little bit tired, but the staff and consultant at the hospital were excellent.

"It just shows you how important it is to know what to do when something like this happens."

The scare has prompted the whole family to enrol on a life-saving course in case emergency skills are needed again.

Aunt Alisar Taylor, 32, said: "That's twice now in a couple of months and we nearly lost her.

"It's so lucky Sarah knew what to do, it just makes you think that it's something everyone should know in a situation like this. …

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