A BRAVE Halesowen schoolgirl leapt into action and called 999 to save her mum when she collapsed at home - after learning how to call the emergency services during a lesson at school.

Amaya Dey, aged six, has been hailed a hero by her mother Raj Dey.

Her school Howley Grange Primary - where she learned how to call 999 in an emergency services lesson at the start of year one - has also recognised her bravery - giving her a special 'Headteacher's Award.'

Mrs Dey, 43, was at home in Manor Lane with Amaya and her younger daughter Arianna, aged three, during lockdown when she collapsed suddenly.

The former head of business at St Michael's High School in Rowley Regis, said: "Amaya and Arianna were playing and I was in the kitchen when I collapsed and fell unconscious.

"I can only imagine how terrifying and frightening this must have been for them both.

"Amaya was able to think on her feet so quickly.

"She unlocked my mobile and dialled 999 before she even called my husband, who was at work at the time.

"She asked to speak to the ambulance service telling them what had happened and giving them our address.

"At six years that is totally amazing.

"She did really save my life, what an absolute godsend.

"We are so impressed and very proud of her efforts for showing initiative and how quickly she had responded.

"She told me afterwards that she had learned about the 'emergency services' topic at the start of Year 1 with her class teacher where they were given the opportunity to conduct real-life role plays too.

"What a life skill to have! I think we as individuals are never prepared enough for these eventualities but Amaya certainly was.

"I cannot thank the school enough - thankfully I am well now."

Mrs Dey was rushed to hospital where she had some tests, but has now recovered.

Mrs Dey said: "I told Amaya's headteacher at Howley Grange Primary School, Angela Lewis, what happened and on September 9 they gave Amaya a headteacher's award.

"Her class teacher Kate Wolstencroft also said she was extremely proud of Amaya."

Headteacher Angela Lewis said: "We are all so proud of Amaya.

"Everyone at Howley Grange works hard to make sure our children have the wisdom and confidence to make a positive difference in the world and that is exactly what Amaya has done.

"It's amazing that at such a young age she's remembered all she had learnt and put it into action to keep her mum safe and well."

Mrs Dey added: "I don't know what would have happened if she wasn't there, I think she saved my life.

"I'm just absolutely so proud.

"Teaching isn't all about academics, it's about life skills."