Hailed a hero, nine-year-old Sydney boy receives a “triple zero hero” award for saving his mum’s life.

Noah Mattani’s mother Nicole was driving him to swimming lessons on the North Shore when she began to feel unwell and had difficulty speaking, 9 News reports.

With her condition deteriorating, Noah called his father, who then dialled triple zero.

Noah was connected with the ambulance operator, calmly answering her queries while he waited for help to arrive.

The operator asked Noah…

“Can you ask mum to smile.”

Noah asked his mum and replied – “Not really.”

“Can mummy raise both arms above her head?.”

Noah replied – “She can only put one arm up.”

“Mum, Can you hear the sirens?” he asked.

Nicole was suffering a stroke.

The boy was also asked to turn on the car’s hazard lights to assist paramedics in finding them.

A paramedic has praised Noah for his helpfulness with guiding the call-taker and for assisting the ambulance officers upon arrival.

He was presented with a “triple zero hero” award in front of his classmates at Scots College today.

Perhaps the person most proud of Noah however is mother Nicole.

“He was my little champion,” she said.

What a brave boy!

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  • When my 20yr old son was 9 I was stopped at traffic lights & had a seizure (1st time). Matthew put car in neutral, turned hazard lights on, then called 000. When a bystander approached (who was a nurse), Matthew got my medical information out of my wallet to show her. When the police came he gave them my phone & showed them his dad’s work number & then calmly sat in the ambulance. Seizure caused by a viral infection. Police took my car to husband’s work & told him how amazing our son was. Matthew later received a Commendation Certificate from the SA Police Commissioner & our council mayor came to a school assembly to present him with a Bravery Medal & a new Lego set. This shows how important it is to teach children from a young age how & when to call 000. My husband & I used to have play scenarios with our children so they knew when/how to call for help & when you don’t need to get help. Well done Noah, hope Mum’s better


  • Having a stroke is terrifying. Her son’s calm reaction would have heled.


  • Well done son! Being so young, you probably didn’t realise the seriousness or scariness of the situation. I taught my kids about triple 0 from an early age, luckily they never had to put theory into practice


  • It must have been a frightening situation for him to be in. He was very brave & kudos to the ambulance operator for keeping him calm & talking to him until help arrived.


  • What a little champion for sure.


  • I’m so glad this story ended well. Great on Noah for being so calm and helping his mum! He surely deserved that award. :-)


  • I think this is so important. My mum has been diagnosed with a heart arythmia after passing out while she was looking after my son. We have taught him about ringing 000 and what he needs to do if nanny is on the floor and he cant wake her. This is the sort of thing I would love to see included in school curriculum


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