Jelly ba­bies to the res­cue!

Hay­ley Far­ren, 27, from Wal­sall, ex­plains why her 6-year-old is a hero

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Ai­den used the fin­ger­prick de­vice to test Grandad’s blood sugar

As I pulled into the drive­way, my 6-year-old son Ai­den was ex­cited.

‘I can’t wait to see Grandad!’ he beamed, blue eyes sparkling.

Ev­ery week­end, Ai­den would go to stay with his great-grand­par­ents Brian, 72, and San­dra, 70. He called Brian ‘Grandad’.

They adored spend­ing time with him, and it gave me and my part­ner Wayne, 34, a bit of alone-time.

As Grandad opened the door that Fri­day evening, this July, Ai­den rushed into his arms. Af­ter a chat, I headed off. ‘Don’t be too much trou­ble!’ I told Ai­den.

‘He never is,’ Grandad laughed.

Ev­ery week­end, he and Grandma would spoil Ai­den rot­ten.

They had a special bond.

Back home, I caught up with all my I am so proud of him! chores be­fore re­lax­ing on the sofa with Wayne.

Bliss!

The fol­low­ing af­ter­noon, Grandad Brian’s name flashed up on my phone.

Odd, I thought.

It wasn’t like him to call me, and we weren’t due to col­lect Ai­den un­til Sun­day evening. ‘Ev­ery­thing OK?’ I asked, pick­ing up the phone. Grandad’s voice was shaky. ‘Ear­lier on, my blood sugar went low,’ he ex­plained. Grandad suf­fered with type 2 di­a­betes, so if his blood sugar lev­els plum­meted sud­denly, there was a risk he’d slip into a coma. The whole fam­ily knew that if that hap­pened, we’d need to feed him some of the sweets he al­ways kept in the drawer next to his bed. ‘Shall

I come over?’ I pan­icked. ‘Don’t worry, I’m fine – thanks to Ai­den…’ Grandad replied.

He ex­plained how that af­ter­noon, when Grandma was out shop­ping, he and Ai­den had stayed at home.

‘I re­alised I couldn’t move or speak,’ he said. ‘It hap­pened so quickly, be­fore I knew it I was on the floor.’

But Ai­den knew what to do!

‘Ai­den man­aged to go up­stairs and got the Jelly Ba­bies from the bed­side drawer,’ he told me.

If that wasn’t im­pres­sive enough, Ai­den had then fetched Grandad’s fin­ger-prick blood-sugar test­ing kit from his dress­ing ta­ble.

‘He’s seen me use it many times be­fore, so he knew what to do,’ Grandad said, un­able to keep the pride out of his voice.

Ai­den used the de­vice to test Grandad’s blood-sugar lev­els, and it had given a dan­ger­ously low read­ing of 1.0.

Then Ai­den had gen­tly fed the sweets to Grandad, who was, luck­ily, still con­scious.

I was gobsmacked. While Ai­den knows about Grandad’s ill­ness, we’d never told him what he should do in an emer­gency like this.

Min­utes later, Grandad’s lev­els went back up to 3.6 when Ai­den used his fin­ger­prick tester again.

‘If it wasn’t for Ai­den, who knows what could have hap­pened..?’ Grandad said solemnly to me.

He’d saved Grandad’s life. ‘You’re such a clever boy!’ I said when we went to col­lect Ai­den a lit­tle while later. ‘How did you know what to do?’

‘I know he needs sweets when he gets un­well,’ Ai­den said with a shrug.

Now Grandad and Ai­den’s bond is even closer. It’s lovely to see.

But it’s scary to think what could have hap­pened.

That’s why I be­lieve chil­dren need to know the ba­sics of first-aid training and how to act in emer­gen­cies.

Kids re­ally are like sponges – they ab­sorb so much in­for­ma­tion, and lit­tle Ai­den is the proof of that.

I’m just so grate­ful he’s our lit­tle life­saver.

Ai­den knows just what Grandad Brian needs!

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