The twins have been awarded bravery medals for saving their grandmother from possible brain damage or death.

Sean and Emma O’Sullivan have always been adored by their grandmother, 69-year-old Ruth Clarke, but their recent bravery means they hold an extra special place in her heart. The twins saved Ruth from possible brain damage and death after she became unconscious following a seizure at her home in Ireland while looking after them overnight.

Quick Thinking

When Sean woke up in the morning, he went into his grandmother’s room but couldn’t wake her, immediately leaping into action The Irish Times reports. He took Ruth’s mobile phone and began pressing buttons, eventually getting into contact with his grandfather who rushed to the house but was unable to get inside. Sean used his tricycle to reach the lock and open the door for his grandfather who called emergency services straight away. If not for Sean’s quick thinking, and the calmness of both children, Ruth could have suffered irreversible brain damage. “I can’t believe what Sean did,” Ruth said. “He saved my life…he got me help.”


Making A Difference

The twins were presented with bravery medals at their preschool by Dr Jason Van Der Velde from the rapid response team and local mayor Gretta O’Donovan. “The paramedics said that (Sean’s) actions saved her life,” Dr Van Der Velde said. “His twin sister also assisted during what could have been a very scary experience for them both.”

Other students at the school are benefitting from Sean and Emma’s experience, learning what to do in an emergency and how to make an emergency call. Ruth has since made a full recovery for which the twin’s mother, May, is eternally grateful. “How do you thank a little four year old for having the sense to pick up the phone?” she said.

We have a feeling that the twins will be getting an extra special birthday present this year!

Has your child been faced with an emergency? Share your story in the comments below.

  • Adorable. Quick thinking kids. Bless them xx


  • That’s so awesome. Need more awareness for young children to learn. Never too young to start learning survival.


  • Bless those children xx


  • Such a heart warming story. Says a lot about how they are being raised in a loving environment


  • Well done children. Very impressive for such young ones.


  • A very sensible little boy. His parents should be proud.


  • Wonderful, great action of these twins !


  • Amazing story of a miracle.


  • Gooesbumps, what wonderful kids – I’m glad there was a good outcome!


  • What a wonderful outcome for all involved! Awesome job kids


  • What a beautiful story very smart kid


  • Clever boy. All kids need to begtaught how to put in the emergency number for their country from a very young age.


  • One of my big fears, something happening to me while I’m looking after the grandkids :( This grandma was incredibly lucky to have such a quick thinking grandson, he did brilliant


  • Such great work at such a young age he sounds destined for big things.


  • They are wonderful to act quickly and save her life!


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