He was presented with a special award for the way in which he has phoned the ambulance 15 times in the past two years whenever he could not wake his mother, Sue, from a diabetic coma.
Oliver, who never panics when he has to deal with such an emergency, said that he found it ‘quite scary’ to stand on the stage in front of the school and talk about it. ‘I told everyone what I did to save Mum,’ he said.
Last October it was announced that Oliver had become the first child to win a special bravery award from the States Ambulance because they were very impressed with the mature way in which he called them when his mother’s life was in danger.
Last week a special assembly at his school focused on Oliver’s actions, and he received a book token and a certificate from ambulance station officer paramedic Richard d’Ulivo-Rogers and Yannick Fillieul, of Jersey Telecom, who sponsored the award.
When Oliver discovers that his mother is in a coma he never panics, but calmly calls the ambulance. He also makes her toast with jam and a cup of tea for when she regains consciousness, and waits by the front door for the ambulance.
Sue, who has been widowed for six years, said: ‘Oliver doesn’t panic whenever he can’t wake me up. He gives me a nudge and if there is no response he calls the ambulance.’
Mr d’Ulivo-Rogers said that ambulance staff considered Oliver to be very brave. ‘Each time he calls us he could be potentially saving Sue’s life because if her condition was left long enough undiscovered, it could be life-threatening.’
Oliver’s head teacher, Suzanne Conoops, said that they were very proud of him and that he had the golden badge for consistently following the school’s rules which included being kind and helpful. ‘He is a responsible pupil and a delightful young man,’ she said.
Yannick Fillieul of Jersey Telecom, Oliver Hosking and his mother, Sue, and Richard d’Ulivo-Rogers of the Ambulance Service. Picture by Rob Currie (00676524)