Son battled snow storm to save life of diabetic mum Dawn
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.