Edmonton boy, 6, awarded for quick thinking that saved his mother’s life – Edmonton

When six-year-old Ronan Male saw his mother collapse in their Edmonton home last spring, he knew exactly what to do.

Denise McCormack has managed her diabetes for 30 years. That night, her blood sugars fell dangerously low and she fell out of bed. Her son was the only one who could help — Ronan’s father, Doug, was working out of town. 

The boy quickly squirted some juice into his mother’s mouth to try to raise her blood sugar. He helped call 911, and stayed on the phone with the dispatcher for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived.

His quick thinking saved his mother’s life.

On Monday, Ronan was honoured with an EMS Lifesaving Award during an assembly at St. Angela Catholic School, where he is in Grade 1.

Wrapped in his mother’s arms while clutching his framed award, Ronan, who wants to be a cashier when he grows up, said he already feels pretty accomplished.

“Happy,” he said shyly. “I feel pretty proud of myself.”

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When Ronan was a toddler, his parents started teaching him what to do in case his mother had a diabetic emergency. This background helped him deal with the stressful and scary situation with ease. In fact, he didn’t even cry, said Monica Grela, the AHS emergency communications officer who took the boy’s 911 call.

‘I feel pretty proud of myself.’
Ronan Male

“Ronan was able to be very clear, he was able to be very calm, and answer the questions that I had,” Grela said.

“Ronan was a great example of what we, as emergency communication officers, would like to see when someone calls 911.

Ronan Male holds his award as he speaks to reporters with his mother, Denise McCormack. (CBC Edmonton)

Most 911 calls come from people who are frantic and panicked in dire situations, but children are often some of the best callers, Grela said. They’re compliant, easy to manage, can stay calm and follow directions in emergency…

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