Royal cel­e­bra­tion for life­saver Suzie


Sunday Sun - - News - By Hannah Gra­ham Reporter hannah.gra­ham@trin­i­tymir­

A QUICK-THINK­ING young girl’s phone call saved her mum’s life – and might even keep the Royal fam­ily safe in fu­ture.

Lit­tle ‘ su­per­hero’ Suzie McCash was four years old when mum Rowena col­lapsed af­ter suf­fer­ing a life-threat­en­ing al­ler­gic re­ac­tion last year.

Cool, calm and col­lected Suzie called paramedics, found her mum’s medicine and even walked to a neigh­bour’s house to try and get help.

Paramedics ar­rived and were able to treat Rowena, who works as a GP, for ana­phy­lac­tic shock, sav­ing her life.

Suzie’s swift ac­tions won her the Child of Courage prize, at the Pride of Bri­tain Awards.

Last week, Suzie and her fam­ily, from Tynemouth, were in­vited to the glitzy cer­e­mony.

Sur­rounded by fa­mous faces, Suzie’s brav­ery stood out, and led to a very spe­cial meet­ing with Prince Wil­liam.

Proud mum Rowena said: “It was in­cred­i­bly sur­real, at times it felt like I was in Madame Tus­sauds.

“She met some truly in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple, it was a nice event to take a young girl to es­pe­cially, be­cause she met some very in­spi­ra­tional women.

“Prince Wil­liam was re­ally charm­ing, and very, very sweet with her.

“He acted as if no one else was there, and it made her feel very spe­cial, that was the high­light for her.

“They chat­ted about the call and the fact that he was go­ing to tell his chil­dren about it and teach them phone.

“She took it all in her stride. She didn’t know who all the celebri­ties were, but the peo­ple we were sit­ting with were very charm­ing to her.

“She was quite taken with Paul Hol­ly­wood – she’s in­sisted we go and buy his book so we can bake some­thing from it.”

For the McCash fam­ily, the “won­der­ful” ex­pe­ri­ence has helped them to process what was a ter­ri­fy­ing day for all of them.

“It was ob­vi­ously quite an emo­tional time for us, re­mem­ber­ing what hap­pened,” Rowena said.

“When she looks back on it now, she’s re­ally very proud, it’s helped her process it.

“We’ve changed a lot of things, be­cause al­though Suzie did very well and we are so proud of her, we don’t ever want her to be in that sit­u­a­tion again.

“My health con­di­tion re­mains, and we’ve got to carry on and live ev­ery day.

“She was so brave – but you don’t want your chil­dren to have to be brave.”

Since the in­ci­dent, the fam­ily have spo­ken with other par­ents with al­ler­gies or other con­di­tions about how to make sure your child knows what to do in an emer­gency.

Rowena said: “Her teacher has been call­ing her su­per­hero Suzie, and she’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to tak­ing her award in to show her friends.

“She’s rightly proud of her­self and she’s look­ing for­ward to be­ing on the tele­vi­sion.”

The awards broad­cast on Tues­day. Suzie with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to use will ITV the be on

Prince Wil­liam meets Suzie McCash

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