Schoolgirl named Child of Courage for saving mom’s life
A quick-thinking schoolgirl who saved her mother’s life has been named Child of Courage at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Mia Hignett has shown calm and courage well beyond her years when Mum Helen had a terrifying fit and stopped breathing.
The eight-year-old girl called 999 and, with the guidance of an operator, cleared her mother’s airways and placed her in the recovery position, saving her life.
Once she breathed, she looked after her one-year-old sister Ava until paramedics arrived.
Mia and sister Ava
The modest Middlewich Primary School pupil says she ‘only did what someone else wanting to save their mum would do’.
Retired policewoman Helen, 38, was left disabled after being beaten on duty 10 years ago and suffers from hemiplegic migraines and hemichranic headaches.
The condition caused the seizure, which mimicked the symptoms of a stroke.
Mia told the call manager that her mother was not breathing and white foam was coming out of her mouth and nose. They told the young girl to put her mother on her back and tilt her head back to clear her airways.
Mia Prize with her child for courage
Mia followed the instructions and was able to confirm to the operator that her mother was breathing again. She was then guided on how to get her into the recovery position.
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Helen says her daughter later told her that she remembered a conversation they shared months earlier, when Mia asked her mother she was a police officer.
“I told her that you should always stay calm and not panic in an emergency, because when you are calm you can make clear decisions,” said Helen. “After I was released from the hospital we were talking and she collapsed crying and said to me, ‘I remembered what you said to me, to stay calm so that I can make the right decision.’ made me so proud.
Mia, now nine, received her Pride of Manchester Awards in a special surprise in the famous Blue Peter Garden with show hosts Mwaksy Mudenda and Richie Driss.
Mia with Blue Peter presenters Richie Driss and Mwaksy Mudenda
She thought she was being interviewed to get her gold Blue Peter badge, but in fact the couple had hidden the trophy in the undergrowth.
Helen added: “They said to her, ‘Oh what the hell is that over there?’ and she picked it up and read “Mia Hignett” and said, “Oh that’s my name.
“She was over the moon, but she asked me afterwards, ‘Wouldn’t everyone do this for their mom?” She saved my life. I can’t thank her enough.
Mia is now moving on to the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards which are screened at ITV in the fall.
Helen said, “I’m the proudest mom you can imagine because without my daughter’s actions that day I might not be here to tell you how wonderful Mia is.
“To be so calm and collected during what has been one of the scariest times of your life is amazing.
“My daughter saved my life that day and her actions far exceeded her younger years.”
The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards were presented by actor Kym Marsh in front of a celebrity audience including David Walliams, Emma Bunton, Marcus Rashford, David Jason, Piers Morgan, Sue Johnston, John Thomson and Amanda Holden.
You can watch Mia and all the other unsung heroes being honored by stars in a premiere from 7 p.m. tonight on YouTube.com/prideofbritainawards.