My missus who has a colleague who has a 29 year old son. At about 3:30am, she gets a call from his mobile. The (very official) caller explains that they have his phone and as she is listed as 'mum' is it right that she is next-of-kin? She says 'yes'. The caller then explains that he is calling from the emergency services. Her son has been in a bad car accident, and although now at hospital, is critically ill and she should be prepared for the worst. Details follow. After the call ends, she spends two frantic hours on the phone to all the hospitals, the police etc trying to find out more. Nothing. The next morning, her son phones and tells her he had his phone nicked in the pub, so don't bother calling it. She reckons she aged ten years in five hours.