IT is every mum’s worst nightmare...waking up to find your four-year-old son making strange sounds and then seeing him starting to violently vomit blood.

However just over four months on after the incident Sam Higson, from Altrincham, has now got the chance to meet paramedics who helped to save his life.

Sam was recovering nicely from a tonsillectomy to remove his tonsils. Or so his mum Katrina thought until she woke up at 2am to some strange sounds.

The 44-year-old said: “We were warned about the dangers you can have after the operation so we knew.

“He had been doing really well and there was a gurgling sound and I got my husband to come down to him and I rang 999. I was screaming down the phone and they said someone was being dispatched. He was drowsy and we kept shouting at him.

“I was in a massive panic and the first responder was there quickly and she was worried from the situation.

“He was floppy and unresponsive. and the ambulance arrived and they managed to stabilise him.

He was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital and Sam lost a third of his blood volume that day and had an infection in the back of his throat.

Katrina was keen to meet with the crew who gave Sam emergency life-saving medical intervention.

She said: “The three ladies who came to help my son were amazing. It was terrifying having a young child losing so much blood and our house was just covered in it – it was horrific.

“They were hugely professional and so calm, caring, understanding and reassuring. They honestly couldn’t have done more and we can’t thank them enough.

“We later discovered that Joanne was so concerned about Sam that 24 hours later she tried to find out when she was at the hospital if he was OK – which is just above and beyond. We also wanted to say a big thank you to all of the control operators who were involved that night.”