Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Eoin and Sam Millar played a vital role in helping to save the life of their grandmother Sheila when she collapsed after suffering a heart attack in her daughter Pauline's home.
While Pauline attempted CPR on her mother, nine-year-old Eoin rang 999 and Sam looked out for the ambulance crew's arrival.
The ambulance service said the boys and their mother's actions, saved Sheila's life and so they have been honoured by their school, St Colman's Primary in Lambeg.
Eoin recalled the fateful day when his grandmother collapsed, he told UTV: "I remember watching television and I heard a bang and thought she had just tripped and fell.
"But then I didn't hear anything for a couple of seconds and then saw her lying on the floor and mum told me to call 999."
Eoin and Sam were amazing, they were my heroes as much as they were my mum's.
On the phone the call operator talked through the CPR procedures with Eoin who passed them on to his mum.
He continued: "I was really nervous and it was scary, but I managed to keep calm.
"When the ambulance arrived I was a bit relieved, but not so much because I knew she had to go to hospital and be taken care of."
Eoin said he was "shocked" to be honoured for helping to save his grandmother's life.
He added: "It's a bit weird, I never thought I'd be a hero."
Mum Pauline said her boys were "little stars" for managing to keep calm in what was a really stressful situation.
She said: "It all happened very quickly. Mum had been making tea and we were having a conversation.
"I turned my back and within two seconds, she was on the floor.
"I asked Eoin to call 999 and - despite never having had any training - I started CPR.
"It was the operator on the phone who talked to Eoin on how to do it and he passed it on to me."
Pauline was amazing - they were all brilliant.
She added: "It was extremely frantic, I just knew I had to focus.
"I was trying to keep calm, I knew if I panicked, then the kids would panic.
"My boys are incredible, they shone through in what was a truly horrendous episode in their lives. I just think they are stars.
"Mum is the centre of the family, she is so good and puts her all into everything she does."
Grandmother Sheila paid tribute to her daughter and her grandsons.
She said: "I remember saying I was going to put the kettle on and I don't remember much else and then I woke up in the hospital.
"And then I heard all the stories. I'm very proud of my daughter, she's amazing and my grandsons, they were brilliant, they are my heroes.
"Only for my daughter Pauline performing CPR, I would not be here."
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