Rowan, the mum-saving toddler, to get humane award

Two year old Rowan Rychell and her mum and dad at home in Innerleithen.
Two year old Rowan Rychell and her mum and dad at home in Innerleithen.

Innerleithen hero tot Rowan Rychel is set for another honour, writes Kenny Paterson.

Rowan was two when she helped save her mother’s life back in September 2011.

Having already picked up a police award, she is now to be recognised by the Royal Humane Society.

Rowan dialled 999 after her mum Francesca was knocked out after fainting at their Ballantyne Street home.

She raised the alarm by telling an operator that ‘Mummy won’t wake up’, resulting in a police officer attending the house and calling for an ambulance.

Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “She is a truly remarkable girl who kept calm in what must have been the most terrifying day of her young life.

“Somehow she made the vital call that ensured her mother received medical attention.”

“They (parents) had clearly taught her well what to do in an emergency.

“She richly deserves this award.”

The Royal Humane Society is a London-based charity that grants bronze, silver and gold awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation. Its patron is The Queen.