Lowestoft: Hero Liam, six, given bravery award after brother’s heart attack

A QUICK-thinking boy who leapt into action by showing a paramedic to his seriously ill baby brother was given a special treat yesterday.

Liam Teahan, six, was treated to a ride in a ambulance after he helped his 10-week-old brother who had a heart attack and stopped breathing at their Lowestoft home on March 4.

As the boys’ mother frantically gave baby Callum the kiss of life, his older brother took it upon himself to open the front door of their Morton Road home and escort paramedic Cheryl Houchin in.

And as well as calmly waiting for an ambulance in his pyjamas Liam also had the quickness of mind to ring up his father, who was on his way to work at Sizewell B power station, and tell him what happened.

Liam’s fast thinking actions are all the more impressive as he has complex learning needs, including a speech and language disorder, Dyspraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


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Because of his actions Liam was given a commendation certificate by the East of England Ambulance Service at its Gorleston depot at Beacon Park yesterday.

The commendation read: “This certificate has been awarded to you in recognition of your bravery and for all the help you gave to mummy on the morning of Friday, March 4.”

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And as a special treat and surprise Liam was given a ride in an ambulance after paramedics heard he loved watching emergency vehicles.

The youngster was also re-united with the paramedics who treated his brother.

Sadly Callum could not be there to join in the award ceremony as he is at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital while tests are carried out.

Mrs Teahan, 34, was beaming with pride as Liam received his certificate and got to play paramedic for the morning.

Recalling March’s traumatic events, she said: “Callum stopped breathing and was lifeless. I dialled 999 and then started CPR.

“Without telling him, Liam unlocked the front door and stood there waiting in his pyjamas for an ambulance to arrive and then led the paramedic to the room I was.”

“He also got hold off my mobile phone and phoned his dad to tell him what had happened. He is just my little star as he was so brilliant. He kept such a cool head and he was much more calm than I was.

“That was a huge achievement for him and I am very proud of him.”

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