Mother 'extremely proud' of son, 7, who dialled 999 when she collapsed

A seven-year-old boy has been described as a "credit to his family" after dialling 999 when his mother collapsed at home.

Ronnie-Lee Gray's quick-thinking actions meant paramedics could arrive at their home in Tilbury in Essex swiftly after his mother Becky Gray fell ill.

Ms Gray was recovering from surgery and had low-blood pressure, and was told by staff in accident and emergency: "Your son is a very clever boy."

Essex Police arranged for Ronnie-Lee to visit his local station as a thank you, where he met officers, who said he showed "maturity far beyond his years".

Thurrock engagement sergeant, Amelia Moore, said: "Ronnie showed maturity far beyond his years in helping his mum that day and clearly avoided a potentially worse outcome.

"We were delighted to host Ronnie, he was a real pleasure and a credit to his family."

Ms Gray said she was "so proud" of her son's quick thinking, adding: "I am extremely proud of my son, and I'm very pleased he's getting this recognition for what he did.

"There's not a lot of people of that age who would know to do that and to act in the way he did.

"For him to be able to ring up 999 and give his full details and stay calm, it's amazing."

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Essex Police also praised call handler Ruth Potts, with Adam Taylor, force control room supervisor, saying: "Praise must also go to call handler Ruth Potts, whose manner and professionalism with Ronnie ensured we had help in place for his mum as quickly as possible.

"Ruth is an outstanding call taker and a credit to the force.

"This call illustrates the variety of incidents we at the Essex Police control room deal with on a day-to-day basis, facing huge demand and persevering with care and patience."