Child, 8, calls Triple 0 after father suffers seizure

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

An eight-year-old Beenleigh girl has been praised after calmly calling Triple 0 when her father suffered an epileptic seizure.

Late on January 29 Jason Moyle, 31, started to cough violently.

His daughter, Mia, knew something was wrong and entered his bedroom, where she discovered he was having an seizure.

Kelly Moyle, Jason’s wife, was working night fill at Coles so it fell to Mia to make sure her dad was going to be alright.

She rang Triple 0 immediately and, speaking loudly and clearly, said “My name is Mia, my dad has epilepsy and he is having a seizure”.

Rachel Colbourne, the emergency medical dispatcher, who took the phone call said she was very proud of how Mia handled the situation.

“She was calm and compliant and did everything I asked of her,” Ms Colbourne said. “I was very impressed.”

Mr Moyle was born with a brain injury which resulted in him developing epilepsy at the age of 17.

The seizures always happen in his sleep so when Ms Moyle started to work nights, she knew she had to educate her children about what to do if their father had a seizure while she was not there.

Ms Moyle put up a poster on the bedroom door with the numbers of people to call if Mr Moyle had a seizure.

The poster has the number for the emergency services, as well as Ms Moyle’s work number and her mother’s number.

She also briefed the the children on how to make sure they picked an ambulance while calling 000, what they had to say and how they had to prepare.

“I went through everything,” Ms Moyle said.

“I had to make sure they knew that there’d be options when they called, and that they needed to get an ambulance.”

She said she wanted every parent to go through the emergency protocol with their kids.

“It’s really useful for kids to know this kind of stuff in case something bad happens and they need to call for help,” she said

Ms Colbourne agreed more children should get emergency training.

“Education is power. Taking kids through what’s going to happen when they call 000 can be very helpful,” she said.

The Queensland Ambulance Service on Tuesday presented Mia with a certificate and toy in recognition of her quick thinking.

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