Girl of five saves mum by walking to school and telling teachers 'she can't wake up'

Leisha Davies with her daughter Poppy
-Credit: (Image: Leisha Davies/WalesOnline)


A girl of five walked to school and told her teacher: 'Mummy can't wake up' after staying with her unconscious mother all night. Poppy Davies was wearing her princess dress at their home in Wales when her 35-year-old Leisha went into septic shock and blacked out.

Poppy stayed by Leisha's side all night at their home in Pontllanfraith, near Blackwood. The next morning, she unlocked the door and walked to her school where she told her teachers: "Mummy's on the floor and I can't wake her up," reports ManchesterEveningNews.

Poppy's actions saved her life, said Leisha. The mum had undergone an operation for a twisted bowel before she collapsed on January 18.

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But she had been feeling unwell on her return to work, and her face and legs started to swell. That night it was just Leisha and Poppy in the house, with Leisha's husband Ryan working a nightshift.

As reported by WalesOnline, the last thing the mental health worker remembered was Poppy prancing around in her princess dress. Leisha said: "My daughter spent the whole night with me, she didn't know what to do. In the morning, she was in her princess dress, got her wellies on and her little crown.

Poppy Davies
Poppy Davies -Credit:Leisha Davies/WalesOnline

"She unlocked my front door and walked to the school gate right by my house. She went into the schoolroom and told the teacher 'Mummy's on the floor and I can't wake her up'."

Two of Poppy's teachers attended the house and found Leisha on the floor, before putting her in the recovery position and calling an ambulance. Poppy was dressed into her uniform and taken to school as paramedics fought to save her mother's life.

An air ambulance landed on the school grounds but Leisa required equipment to keep her alive which would not have fitted in the aircraft. She was taken to Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran where it was discovered she was in septic shock and had just 15 per cent of one lung working.

Leisha was placed in an induced coma after arresting twice. Her consultant, David Hepburn, said Leisha required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment and she was moved to Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Leisha said she has no memory of her ordeal but had experienced vivid and scary dreams. She said: "I was picking up things from my mother and my husband talking to me which was making an alternative reality in my mind.

"When I woke up (three weeks later) I couldn't move my body and I'd had a tracheostomy so I couldn't speak. My mother was stroking my hair and said 'Are you alright?' I nodded and they knew then I was back. They didn't know for three weeks whether I was brain damaged."

It was initially believed Leisha would need both of her legs amputated around the knee but the prognosis suggests half of each foot will be amputated after turning necrotic. She credited Poppy with saving her life, as well as the staff at the Grange who looked after her.

Leisha said: I was incredibly proud of her. I hadn't seen her for a month because of all this going on but when she did see me I broke down. I thought to myself: 'She looks so grown-up' and I felt like I had missed out on so much.

"But I was thankful I was here, that my daughter had a mum and my mum had a daughter. It was really emotional. I always say to (Poppy): 'You're my hero, you saved mummy's life. She liked it when I said that and the nurses bought her a cape which was lovely. The staff at the Grange were phenomenal, I couldn't fault anyone.

"I want to send out a message that if anybody feels unwell, get it sorted. I never thought Sepsis was bad, I thought it was just an infection, but septic shock is life-threatening and a lot of people don't recover from it."