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'It was unbelievable how they reacted' - quick-thinking twins (4) save granny's life

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Honoured: Ruth Clarke with her twin grandchildren Sean and Emma (4) who saved her life. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Honoured: Ruth Clarke with her twin grandchildren Sean and Emma (4) who saved her life. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Honoured: Ruth Clarke with her twin grandchildren Sean and Emma (4) who saved her life. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Heroic four-year-old twins were honoured with special bravery medals after their quick thinking helped save their beloved granny's life.

Ruth Clarke said she owes her life to her grandchildren Sean Ó Suilleabháin and Emma Nic Suilleabháin (4) after they raised the alarm and ensured she received prompt medical attention.

"It was unbelievable what they did - they saved their grandmother's life," she said.

The twins' proud mother, May Ó Suilleabháin, said she couldn't believe how courageously the two children responded to the emergency.

"We thought the absolute worst - we thought that nanny had passed away," she said.

"Sean was on the phone to me. He was screaming that he could not wake nanny up. But it was unbelievable how they reacted. We are so, so proud of them."

The twins received the bravery medals at the Naíonra (play school) of Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty, Co Cork, where they are pupils.

The twins were being looked after in their own house by their grandmother while their parents, May and Brian Ó Suilleabháin, were in Kerry.

Both twins were shocked when their grandmother fell unconscious early the next morning and did not respond to their attempts to wake her up. Sean found his granny's phone, searched through her contacts and rang his mother and his grandfather.

His mother immediately raised the alarm while his grandfather raced to the house.

Paramedics were on the scene within minutes - and their prompt intervention ensured Ruth, who had suffered a suspected seizure, could be saved. She was rushed by ambulance to hospital and, thanks to the rapid attention she received, has since made a good recovery.

Grandfather Stephen Clake said the twins' swift actions were truly remarkable.

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"I got a phone call from Sean at 6am. Ruth was babysitting at the house because Brian and May were at a concert in Tralee," he said. "They said they couldn't wake nanny. I rushed over to the house and found my wife unconscious on the bed.

"When I arrived to the house I couldn't get in because the door was locked. I said to Sean to open the door and, when he couldn't reach the latch, he got his tricycle, pulled it to the front door, climbed up on it and managed to open the door. He is only four but he is a very, very bright child."

The twins' father Brian said he was very proud of both Sean and Emma.

"Sean plays games on the phone and his nanny was teaching him [how to use a phone]," he said. "So he was well used to using the handset."


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