Sandra Gioiosa credits son Massimo, 12, for saving her life. Picture: Sam VennCurrans Hill’s Sandra Gioiosa says her 12 year old son is a hero after he called triple 0 when she passed out recently.
Mrs Gioiosa, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes six months ago, said she was in mid conversation with son Massimo when she passed out two weeks ago.
Remaining calm, Massimo reached for the phone to call for help, informing the emergency services operator that his mum was diabetic, the medications she was taking and what her vital signs were.
He even tested her sugars and when the paramedics arrived, Massimo had a bag containing his mum’s personal belongings ready for the trip to the hospital.
“My 12 year old boy saved me that day,” a proud Mrs Gioiosa said, adding Massimo’s “actions and quick thinking” made all the difference.
“My sugars were extremely high and my body shut down. Had Massimo not called triple 0, it is difficult to know what the outcome may have been.”
Mrs Gioiosa said she had educated Massimo about her condition and since her diagnosis, he would attend her specialist appointments.
“I would bring him with me on the basis that I educate him as much as I can with the hope of helping him avoid diabetes,” Mrs Gioiosa said.
“Little did I know how much more valuable this lesson would be.”
Sandra Gioiosa has educated Massimo, 12, about her diabetic condition. Picture: Sam Venn
Mrs Gioiosa said Massimo’s school had also used a lesson to explain CPR recently which she said also helped him cope that day.
“I cannot stress enough how important it is for all children to know the correct procedures in case of an emergency,” she said.
“With Christmas coming up, it is good for families to educate their children and maybe invest in a CPR course on the holidays.
“I once read a similar story to mine a year ago and it prompted me to educate my son about my condition. Hopefully our story will do the same for someone else.”
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