Son bat­tled snow storm to save life of di­a­betic mum Dawn

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

A YOUNG Tay­side chef made a life or death dash through heavy snow to reach his mum be­cause of a “hunch” that she was in trou­ble.

And Jamesy Mclaren’s gut feel­ing proved to be a life-saver for mum Dawn, who had fallen into a di­a­betic coma at her home.

Today Dawn, 48, told the Tele she would be eter­nally grate­ful to Jamesy, 23, for act­ing on his in­stincts and sav­ing her life.

She said: If he hadn’t got to me when he did, I dread to think what might have hap­pened.

“I might not be here today to tell the tale. I be­lieve my son saved my life.”

Dawn said she wanted to use her brush with death to high­light the dan­gers of di­a­betes.

She said: “This is a hor­ri­ble ill­ness. It’s so im­por­tant that friends and fam­ily of di­a­bet­ics know ex­actly what to do in these cir­cum­stances.

“I want to urge peo­ple to make sure they know how to deal with it.”

Dawn, who was born in Dundee and now lives in Bridge of Earn, was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes when she was aged 11.

She said: “I have al­ways been able to deal with it but ev­ery now and again if I be­come un­well with some­thing else, the di­a­betes can be re­ally bad.

“Dur­ing the week of the re­ally bad snow, I was at home when I had a bug and felt very un­well.

“I went to bed on the Tues­day af­ter­noon. The next thing I knew it was more than a day later and I was in hospi­tal.

“I ended up in Perth Royal In­fir­mary for more than a week af­ter that.

“I don’t have any great rec­ol­lec­tion of ex­actly what hap­pened but all I know is that Jamesy left his work and bat­tled his way through the snow to get to my side be­cause he truly be­lieved some­thing was wrong with me.

“That’s the best de­ci­sion he ever made.”

Jamesy said that he usu­ally phoned his mum ev­ery day af­ter he fin­ished work at 4pm.

He said: “On the day I phoned and didn’t get a re­sponse.

“To start with I wasn’t overly con­cerned.

“I knew that be­cause of mum’s ill­ness she some­times needed a nap in the af­ter­noon.

“How­ever, as the evening wore on and af­ter re­peated calls with no re­sponse, I started to be­come more con­cerned.

“Other fam­ily mem­bers tried to

Jamesy Mclaren, left, braved the treach­er­ous snow­cov­ered roads to reach his mum Dawn’s house af­ter she did not an­swer the phone.

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