Landscape gardener and builder Bela Szili, 42, was about to sit down to a family Sunday lunch at his parents’ house in Marton when he took ill.
A Type One diabetic, Bela, of Glentworth Avenue, Netherfields, passed out – only for his son, also called Bela, to spring into action.
A pupil at Redcar’s JE Batty School, Bela jnr calmly called 999 and got the emergency services out to care for his dad.
Thanks to Bela’s presence of mind during that July 9 drama, his dad received the medical care he needed.
And his actions even earned public praise from Coulby Newham Neighbourhood Policing Team, with a Facebook post saying simply: “Well done SUPERSTAR.”
Dad Bela – the name’s Hungarian – said: “I can’t remember a lot about it, to be honest.
“I asked for a bottle of Lucozade because my sugars were getting low and that’s the last I remember.
“I think I went into a seizure and collapsed on the floor.
“When I woke up, I had no top on. I’d bitten a big chunk out of my tongue too.
Bela snr says he’s been told by other family members that after initial panic, Bela jnr took control of the situation.
“Apparently he’d run into the garden, screaming.
“The next door neighbour heard the commotion, came into the house and tried to put me on my side.
“When she was doing that, Bela had come into the house and said ‘I’m ringing the ambulance’.
“I remember waking up on the sofa and the ambulance was outside.”
Bela says he is hugely proud of his son.
“I’ve tried to teach him when daddy is having a hypo. He has an understanding about it but I never thought he would do anything like that.
“Apparently he rang 999 and told them what was wrong with me and where we lived.
“When I saw his picture on the police Facebook page and read what they’d written, I started crying, I was so proud.
“He’s not a shy lad. He’s an outgoing kid but being in that position is something totally different.“He kept calm and sorted it, though. And if I hadn’t got to the hospital when I did, or the paramedics didn’t get to me when they did, I might have ended up in a diabetic coma.“They got to me in time because of Bela.”
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