Fast-Thinking 4-Year-Old Saves Mom With Siri
He uses her thumb to unlock phone, then summons help
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2017 11:41 AM CDT
Virtual assistant Siri displayed on an Apple iPhone.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – A tech-savvy 4-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by unlocking her iPhone with her thumbprint and using Siri to call an ambulance when she became unresponsive. The BBC reports that during the emergency call in south London, the boy identified as Roman thought his mother had already died, saying "she's closing her eyes and she's not breathing." (Listen to the call here.) Emergency responders arrived 13 minutes later, reports Fox News. After forcing their way inside the house to find Roman, his twin, and their younger brother, paramedics revived the woman and brought her to the hospital.

"Hearing this call brings home the importance of teaching your young child their home address and how to call police or emergency services in an emergency situation," says a local police official. During the call, Roman provided his address, and the dispatcher asked him to go shake his mother and shout at her to wake up. Cries of "Mummy!" can be heard in the background before the boy reports, "It didn't work." Details on the medical emergency weren't released, but the woman has since been discharged, reports the Washington Post. (In Tennessee, Siri saved a man who was pinned under his own truck.)

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