Four-year-old twins get bravery awards for saving their beloved nana

Four-year-old twins get bravery awards for saving their beloved nana
Four-year-old twins Seán and Emma O’Sullivan who were awarded bravery medals at their pre-school in Clonakilty, Co Cork, for making an emergency call when their grandmother Ruth Clarke collapsed while minding them. Picture Dan Linehan

HERO twins Sean and Emma O'Sullivan have been honoured for saving their granny's life, at just four years old.

The duo were presented with medals today at their preschool at Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty in the presence of their grateful granny, Ruth Clarke.

The twins were at home being cared for by Ruth when she fell ill and became unconscious almost two weeks ago. 

Sean found her when he got up that morning. 

She had been minding them overnight because their parents were away on a break.

Brave Sean managed to get his granny's phone and rang his mother, and told her he couldn't wake up his granny. He also contacted his grandad, Ruth's husband, who lives nearby.

When his grandfather rushed to the house, Sean unlocked the door and left him in, and the emergency services were called.

Four-year-old twins Seán and Emma O’Sullivan who were awarded bravery medals at their pre-school in Clonakilty, Co Cork, for making an emergency call when their grandmother Ruth Clarke collapsed while minding them. Included is teacher Fidelma Ní hUallacháin, Naionra, Naíscoil Chloch na gCoillte. Picture Dan Linehan
Four-year-old twins Seán and Emma O’Sullivan who were awarded bravery medals at their pre-school in Clonakilty, Co Cork, for making an emergency call when their grandmother Ruth Clarke collapsed while minding them. Included is teacher Fidelma Ní hUallacháin, Naionra, Naíscoil Chloch na gCoillte. Picture Dan Linehan

Ruth was rushed to hospital by ambulance and she has since recovered.

However, she spent two days in intensive care after the incident.

However, it is understood that she suffered a seizure overnight before being discovered by Sean and could have suffered long-term effects only for the actions of Sean and Emma. 

Before grandad Stephen arrived, Sean had tried to open Ruth's eyes and mouth with crisps, helped by Emma.

Today, at the Naionra in Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Dr Jason Van Der Velde of West Cork Rapid Response and the Mayor of Clonakilty, Gretta O'Donovan, presented them with bravery medals to recognise their efforts.

The twins sat close to their beloved granny during today's ceremony and were given a big round of applause by their friends in recognition of their achievement.

A statement from Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin said: "The paramedics said his actions saved her life. His twin sister also 'assisted' during what could have been a very scary experience for them both."

Today's presentation was organised by the manager of the Naionra, Fidelma Ní hUallacháin.

The twins' friends in the pre-school have been learning this week how to deal with an emergency and have been taught how to make a 999 call.

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