A YOUNGSTER who dialled 999 after her mother fell unconscious was hailed a credit to her family as she picked up a police award for bravery.

Rowan Rychel was a week away from turning two when her mother Francesca fainted suddenly and fell to the floor.

Mrs Rychel hit her head on a cabinet and twisted her leg in the incident at her home in Innerleithen in the Borders in September 2011.

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Rowan, who was alone with her mother at the time, rang 999 and told the operator "mummy won't wake up".

Realising a child was making the call, police rushed to the scene, found the 28-year-old student nurse was unconscious and summoned an ambulance.

Rowan, now three, yesterday collected a meritorious award from Lothian and Borders Police.

Presenting the award at a ceremony in Edinburgh, a force spokeswoman said: "The officer involved was taken aback by Rowan's amazing actions and there's no knowing what might have happened had she not made that emergency call.

"Rowan's a credit to her family and we're pleased to honour her."

Explaining what she did that day, Rowan said simply: "Mummy bumped her head. I phoned a policeman."