Lifesaver Leo hailed a hero

Thursday, 18 May 2017

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A QUICK-THINKING Bushmills boy has been hailed a hero after saving his mother's life when she suffered a stroke.
Three-year-old Leo McKendry raised the alarm after Laura Harper had a stroke at their Bushmills home, just ten weeks following the birth of her daughter Evie.
At what should have been one of the happiest times of her life, 24-year-old Laura's life was turned upside down. The active mum-of-two worked in a local chip shop when she had a stroke last November.
She recalled: "I was home alone, with Leo and little Evie, getting them ready for bed. I had just put my daughter into her Moses basket when I got pins and needles sensation in my arm.
“I couldn't move my arm or my leg or even think how to move them. My arm was just hanging down my side.
“I tried to speak but the words wouldn't come out. Leo asked me what was wrong but I couldn't tell him. Luckily, he realised I wasn't well and ran to the front door to shout for help. "My neighbour heard him and came running. She tried to get me to drink a glass of water but I couldn't remember how. She got in touch with my daughter's dad Mark and, when he arrived, he called an ambulance."
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