St John Ambulance staff have given Brooklyn Beazley 10 out
of 10 for her quick thinking after her mother, Sandee
Mason, collapsed. Photo / Dean Purcell
As Brooklyn Beazley's pregnant mother started slipping
into a diabetic coma, the 7-year-old girl struggled to open a
glucose syrup bottle that she knew was needed.
But the calm, quick-thinking youngster was able to dial 111,
follow the operator's instructions and tell paramedics "mummy
needs sugar" - and in the process almost certainly saved her
Sandee Mason, 25, has Type 1 diabetes. She fell into a coma
at her Manurewa home on Tuesday just after 5pm.
She told the Herald she had just arrived home from an
ultrasound on her 15-week pregnancy when she began to feel
Her partner, Joe Beazley, was at work. Ms Mason had put her
1-year-old son, Lincoln, down for a sleep, so she thought
she'd have a quick nap.
"I had no energy, so I lay down on the couch and it all went
downhill from there. Having insulin and not eating makes me
have hypos [hypoglycemic episodes]. I start shutting down and
I need sugar to bring me back.
"[Brooklyn] said I started shaking. I must have had a
seizure. She tried to give me my sugars but she couldn't open
it and I didn't have the energy to sit up and help her.
"She called the ambulance and by then I was already
Yesterday, Brooklyn said she had been learning about numbers
and phones in school, and she knew to call 111 from watching
The operator asked her to shake her mum to wake her, which
didn't work, she said.
"I shook her. The ambulance people said 'Is she breathing?'
and I said, 'She's breathing too fast'."
Brooklyn, who goes to Rowandale School, said she wasn't
scared as she fought in vain to open her mother's glucose
syrup, or when the operator asked her lots of questions.
"I did that because I love my family. I've got a little
brother and my mummy is having another baby.
"I was just worried ... but I didn't cry."
Her proud mother said: "The ambulance people were saying she
opened the door straight away and said, 'Mummy needs sugar.'
"I'm speechless that she's known to do that and that she's
reacted so quickly. I'm very, very proud of her, and
St John Counties-Manukau manager Steve Walker said Brooklyn
almost certainly saved the lives of her mother and unborn
"There was a significant risk to the mother, because no sugar
can cause brain damage and potentially lead to death. You
won't wake up on your own ...
"It's bloody 10 out of 10 for that kid. The fact she had the
courage to do that is wonderful. The ability to answer
questions under pressure is just a real credit to that young
On the phone to the 111 operator, Brooklyn was able to
explain that her mum was diabetic and give the family's
address, Mr Walker said.
Ms Mason was taken to hospital to recuperate, and discharged
In the past, she had explained to Brooklyn about her diabetes
but didn't realise just how much she had taken on board.
"I had tried to tell her about my sickness, what my medicine
does and why I need it ... and that if she sees me like how I
was that I need sugar."
When Ms Mason returned home about midnight, she thanked her
daughter for saving her life.
"She was asleep on the couch. My partner said she had been
staying up for me," she said.
"I had a little cry and I was saying, 'Thank you, thank
- By Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald