Five-year-old boy hailed as ‘little legend’ after saving mum’s life during asthma attack

Oliver Bott climbed through to the front of his mum's car before calling 999


A five-year-old boy from Godalming, Surrey, has been hailed as a “little legend” after saving his mum’s life during an asthma attack.

Last Thursday, Oliver Bott was being driven to school by his mum Suzanne when she suffered an attack.

The 36-year-old was able to pull the car over to the side of the road opposite St Edmund’s Primary school, before Oliver rushed into action.

The young child managed to climb through to the front of the car before calling 999 and asking for an ambulance.

Oliver also raised the alarm to another child’s parents, who came over to help.

Oliver Bott saved his mum Suzanne's life
Oliver Bott saved his mum Suzanne's life

After making sure his mum was taken to Royal Surrey Hospital, Oliver miraculously went to school as normal.

Speaking about the incident, Oliver’s dad David said: “When the paramedics got there she only had blood oxygen levels of 80 percent which is very low.

"We’re not talking about puffy after PE asthma, we are talking about something which can get life-threatening very quickly.

“I’ve seen a few of them myself and it’s pretty scary which makes it all the more impressive that he reacted.

"When I heard about it I broke out crying, I was just so proud that he could do it and took the initiative."

David told Surrey Live: “He’s a little legend, he really is.

"He’s a very caring kid and he’s spent this weekend trying to do things to make mummy feel better."

He believes Oliver’s thought process was down to him watching certain television programmes such as CBBC’s Operation Ouch.

He added: “We’ve talked to him about how to dial 999 but this was the first time he’s ever had to do it.

"I think it’s so important that kids know how to dial 999, know not to freak out and know that it’s not scary, the call handler was absolutely lovely from what I’ve been told.”