Little Owen saves grandmother's life after she has seizure

By Liam Keen | Wednesfield | News | Published:

‘Amazing’ Owen Cotton came to his grandmother’s rescue when she had a seizure.

Carole Hughes, of Wednesbury, with her grandson Owen Cotton, aged 7, of Wednesfield, who helped her when she had a seizure

The seven-year-old, from Wednesfield, has been hailed a hero for his actions following Carol Hughes’ epileptic fit.

He was alone with his grandmother at her home in Wednesbury at the beginning of August when the drama unfolded.

Wodensfield Primary School pupil Owen leaped into action, putting his grandmother, aged 52, in the recovery position before dialling 999.

Owen’s mother Sarah Hughes, said: “He rang me up and he said ‘Mum I think Nan is having a seizure’ and by this point he already had the ambulance on the phone and told them her date of birth and everything.

“To be honest I think I was more worried than he was. I couldn’t believe that he’d put her in the recovery position before I even told him to do it – that’s huge for a seven-year-old.

“My mum lives in Wednesbury so it’s far from Wednesfield and after I got there he just said everything was fine but I was just overwhelmed.

“He has no idea what he’s done – he talks about it now and thinks it’s an everyday thing. There aren’t many children who could do that, he’s quite switched on.

“I can’t express how proud I am – he’ll do big things when he’s older.


“The woman on the phone for the ambulance called back and praised him too but even then he still doesn’t realise what he’s done and that he’s just saved his Nan’s life.

“She had another seizure when they were waiting for the ambulance so if she wasn’t in the recovery position she could have swallowed her tongue.

“My mum was so shocked when she realised what had happened.

“Owen was running around like a doctor on call making drinks for everyone when I got there – it’s just amazing.”


Owen’s sister Amiee-Leigh Cotton, 11, also suffers from epilepsy and after his actions, Sarah thinks he has a future in the NHS.

She added: “I think he’d make a good doctor as nothing phases him – except spiders.

“He’d be great working in ER as he’s so quick and plans ahead.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

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