A young schoolboy saved the day after coming inside his family home to find his mum collapsed in a pool of her own blood.

Laura Ramsden, from Burscough, was enjoying a barbecue in the garden of her home when she suddenly felt very tired.

The mum-of-three, who suffers from epilepsy, said she usually experiences an 'aura' or warning before a seizure starts so she knows what to expect.

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On this occasion she had just fallen tired, with the 38-year-old stepping inside for a minute.

But it wasn't long before Laura's family in the garden heard a noise, with her having fallen and hit her head on the floor.

"We were still outside and we all just heard a noise like she was having a fit so we all rushed in and there was a pool of blood on the floor," Laura's husband, Neil, told the Echo.

"She had hit her head on the kitchen tiles.

"I got down to see where she'd hit her head and Charlie, my eldest lad, he run to get the house phone and tried ringing 999 but it didn't work.

"He then got his mum's mobile and rang 999 on that instead.

"When he got through he passed me the phone and run to the bathroom to get a towel and brought it back to me to put on his mum's head to stop the bleeding.

"While I was on to the ambulance he run upstairs to get a pillow to put under her head.

"After that, he ran to the car where he knew there was a first aid kit in the boot and brought that in in case we needed bandages.

"At the same time, my other two boys [Bobby, six, and Olly, four) were crying so after doing all that he took them both away to play in the garden so they couldn't see any more.

"And he kept them busy in the garden."

Dad Neil, 40, said he was in awe of how "in control" Charlie was after seeing his mum like that, with the father-of-three saying he was completely relying on him in that moment so he could pay attention on stopping Laura's bleed.

The incident on Father's Day (Sunday, June 19) was only the second time Charlie had seen mum Laura suffer an epileptic fit - the first being years ago.

"That time he came in and run off - but this time he knew what was needed and what to do," Neil said.

Laura was rushed to Southport Hospital where she spent the night due to the large wound that needed treating.

Proud dad Neil says his son doesn't really acknowledge just how well he took control of the situation, but both parents feel much more confident with Charlie around if it ever happens again.

Neil said: "The paramedics praised him and the nurses told Laura that he'd done really well.

"Charlie's quite quiet and sensible - he likes gaming and playing football.

"But he's very caring which is what his teachers always say.

"Even at school, one of his best friends suffers with his legs and Charlie helps him and plays with him at dinner times knowing he can't play football."

For his heroics, Charlie was awarded a gold medal from his headteacher at school.

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