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Eight-year-old boy recognised by Ambulance Victoria for helping save his Dad’s life

Neil Mitchell
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Two young siblings are being recognised today as Ambulance Victoria Community Heroes, after helping save the life of their father.

Eight-year-old Phoenix and three-year-old Winter stayed with their father Marcus and called Triple Zero, when he woke after normal Friday night unable to communicate.

Phoenix can be heard in the Triple Zero audio relaying instructions to his Dad, staying calm until paramedics arrived.

The little boy told Neil Mitchell he remembers going to give his Dad a hug, but knew something wasn’t right.

“He woke up and he wasn’t making any sense,” Phoenix said.

Marcus told Neil he doesn’t remember much of what happened that day.

“Flashes in and out then being rushed off to the Austin Hospital,” Marcus said.

“It was just like a cold in the days leading up to it, I think after three days in a coma they diagnosed me with Meningococcal.

“Unfortunately I’ve lost my right thumb, the tips of my fingers and only on Wednesday I had both legs amputated below the knee.”

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