Brave Ethan a life-saver

Ethan Ribeiro (4), with his mother Rainda, showed great maturity in calling emergency services when his father suffered a seizure. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411612
Ethan Ribeiro (4), with his mother Rainda, showed great maturity in calling emergency services when his father suffered a seizure. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411612

‘I was just scared a little bit, but I knew what to do,’ Ethan said.

It was the first time the youngster had witnessed a seizure, and his father’s was severe.

As his father lay incapacitated, Ethan called emergency services on ‘000’ and stayed on the telephone with an emergency operator for about 18 minutes.

He placed his father in the recovery position and opened doors so St John Ambulance paramedics could enter the house quickly, before helping his father get up when the fit subsided.

He called his mother at work to tell her about her husband’s collapse.

‘When he called, I went to call ‘000’ because I though he wouldn’t have, but in the end I literally had to meet both of them in emergency because Ethan had got Noel there,’ mother Rainda said.

Ethan received a St John Ambulance Bravery Award for his actions.

This Thursday, he will receive an SJA Community Hero Award from Governor Malcolm McCusker at Government House.

‘Ethan displayed enormous courage and a maturity well beyond his age in calling ‘000’ when his father was unwell, and his actions are proof of the huge importance of teaching first aid to children at an early age,” SJA chief executive Tony Aherm said.

Mrs Ribeiro said Ethan had been taught to call ‘000’ in emergencies after his father, who is a doctor, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when his son was just three months old.

Ethan now helps his father with small actions, such as getting a glass of water.

‘But he already knows he wants to be a doctor and find a cure for brain tumours,’ Mrs Ribeiro said.