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Tennessee toddler calls 911 after mom falls down stairs

October 19th, 2011 1:44 pm by Staff Report

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — When a 911 operator in Clarksville received the call, she knew the person needing help was very young.

"Mommy fell down the stairs," is how the child responded when asked what happened.

The operator, Rebecca Blackstop, kept the boy on the phone while dispatching an ambulance and kept him talking.

Medics arrived Monday afternoon to find 25-year-old Heide Rafferty unconscious at the foot of the stairs in her home. Three-year-old Bailey Rafferty was still holding the phone.

Heide Rafferty was taken to a hospital and later released to return home.

Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll said the mother had taught the boy how to call for help.

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