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First-aider Emily saves the day

WHEN Emily Jones learned about First Aid techniques at school she never thought she would have to call on them to help her sister.

Emily and Helena Jones

WHEN Emily Jones learned about First Aid techniques at school she never thought she would have to call on them to help her sister.

But that's exactly what she had to do when her nine-year-old sister Helena fainted at home after cutting her finger on a tin lid while preparing lunch.

Panic set in as mum Suzanne wondered what to do but Emily soon got a grip of the situation and ran for her school notes.

This week the 11-year-old was presented with a special award from St John Ambulance as part of its Young First Aider of the Year competition.

She was also commended by St John Ambulance's chief commissioner for youth, Peter Brawn, in recognition of her actions.

A special certificate of nomination was presented to Emily by a member of the Chester division of St John Ambulance along with a letter of congratulation.

In their letter, first aid chiefs applauded Emily for her calmness and efficiency in which she dealt with the situation at the family home in Hargrave near Chester.

The family were this week celebrating the news with their daughters who attend Saighton Primary School.

Her mum recalled what happened when her youngest daughter collapsed at the family home on Sunday, February 11.

'I called the doctor and Emily ran upstairs and brought down her First Aid notes and turned to the section about bleeding and fainting.

'She read the notes out in a very calm manner and helped me to control the situation. She didn't panic unlike me and acted in a very mature manner.

'I decided to take Helena to the doctor who was unavailable for some time and Emily helped me to get Helena to the car and reassured her and cooled her during the journey.

'When we reached the hospital she used my mobile phone to call the rest of the family and let them know about the situation.'

Helena was seen by a doctor and later discharged to recover at home.

Mrs Jones added: 'I am so proud of Emily because she remained very calm and spoke to Helena all the time, reassuring her that she was going to be OK.

'I was very impressed that she had the presence of mind to get her First Aid notes and then turn to the relevant pages and because she helped me to remain calm.'

Emily was nominated for a St John Ambulance ward by her teacher Jan Ford.

'We did a four-week course in First Aid last year and pupils each had a little file which they built up over the course,' said Mrs Ford.

'I was very proud of Emily, who took control of the situation and helped her mum by talking through what to do and placing Helena in the recovery position.'


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