A Solihull man with Down’s Syndrome who rang 999 when his father collapsed has been praised by family and friends.
David Lloyd made the life-saving call to paramedics after his pensioner dad, Stan, collapsed suddenly at their Monkspath home.
“For him to come to the phone and take control was just brilliant,” said Stan, aged 78.
The drama started when Stan was unpacking groceries at their home in Shelley Lane in January this year.
The widower said the next thing he recalled was coming around to hear his 42-year-old son, who has difficulty communicating, talking on the phone to paramedics.
“He has surprised us all,” said Stan. “I’m just so thankful that he called 999 and was able to get across to the ambulance people where we lived.
“He managed to give them specific directions, but a lot of people have a job understanding him.”
Grandfather Stan has since had a pacemaker fitted and also suffered a bleed to the brain for which he is still receiving treatment.
David, who attends Solihull College, added: “I came out of my room and saw him on the floor. I dialled 999.”
Neighbour and David’s godmother Pamela Knight added: “I just wouldn’t have expected him to be able to do that.
“For him it’s an achievment.”