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Toowoomba boy saves grandma's life then makes her toast

NICHOLAS Coney, 9, considers himself a boy of not many words and unsure of many things.

But when his grandma Clair Giamarelos had a hypoglycaemic episode one night in her sleep - Nicholas knew exactly what to do.

His quick-thinking and calm nature are why he was named the Darling Downs Young Hero of the Year by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

On March 8, Nicholas woke up to find his grandma "saying funny things" and "acting weird" in her sleep.

The Fairview Heights State School student rang Triple 000 at 3.30am.

"I was scared and I didn't know what could happen or who else to call," he said.

"It was early in the morning but I didn't care."

QAS AWARD: Hero Nicholas Coney, 9 with his grandma Clair Giamarelos.
QAS AWARD: Hero Nicholas Coney, 9 with his grandma Clair Giamarelos. Nev Madsen

Nicholas stayed on the phone with QAS and switched an outside light on to guide the ambulances.

When paramedics arrived, he asked them to enter through the rear door and directed them to his grandma's room.

He told them that his grandmother was a diabetic and he was too. He said he recognised that she was having a hypoglycaemic episode.

Once Ms Giamarelos was treated by QAS, she regained consciousness so Nicholas went to the kitchen and made her some toast.

Ms Giamarelos was not aware of what Nicholas did until the next morning and was moved to tears by his efforts.

"I was just so proud of him that he was able to do it so efficiently, I just didn't think that Nicholas being a quieter boy that he could have the courage and knowledge to do what he did."

Ms Giamarelos said Nicholas has saved her life twice now.

"A couple weeks after (March 8) the same thing happened again but he was very good because he got my muesli bars and knew what to do - who knows what can happen in those situations when you live on your own," she said.

"I trust him with my life."

QAS AWARD: Clair Giamorelos with her hero grandson Nicholas Coney, 9. Wednesday Sep 21, 2016.
QAS AWARD: Clair Giamorelos with her hero grandson Nicholas Coney, 9. Wednesday Sep 21, 2016. Nev Madsen

Nicolas was presented a certificate of appreciation today by Queensland Ambulance Service Acting Assistant Commissioner Glen Maule.

"He (Nicholas) demonstrated maturity beyond his years," Mr Maule said.

"He remained calm, cool and collected and answered all the questions the dispatchers and operators asked and was there to meet the crew when they arrived.

"If we can get young children aware to call Triple 000 that makes them aware we're there to help people."

Nicholas wanted to be police officer when he grew up but he was unsure if he could due to his diabetic condition. Now he thinks he might have what it takes to be a paramedic.

Topics:  darling downs, general-seniors-news, medical, queensland ambulance services, type 1 diabetes, young hero of the year award


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