A seven year old girl from Loughborough who saved her dad’s life by calling 999 has been presented with an award by EMAS paramedics at her school.
Chloe, dialled 999 after her dad, Ashley Bradburn, experienced chest pains and collapsed .
Chloe bravely spoke to EMAS emergency medical dispatcher Cary Ward in a calm way, following all his instructions during the emergency situation. She also checked her dad’s breathing, performed chest compressions and kept sister, Gracie May, aged three, calm until our paramedics arrived.
Chloe was presented with the Laverick Award at Outer Edge Primary School, Loughborough, for showing great bravery during such a frightening situation.
The Laverick Award, which recognises children and young adults who have gone above and beyond to help another, is in memory of Nick Laverick – a paramedic team leader who died of cancer on his 37th birthday in September 2013. Paramedic, Kathy Farmer,who is part of the Laverick Team, was full of praise for Chloe. She said: "Chloe is truly deserving of this award. She was incredible brave; remaining calm and responding to all the call takers instructions.”
Ashley, 29, was taken to hospital, and was found to have a cyst on his pancreas which had burst. He said: “On the day I remember going into the kitchen to make us some lunch and feeling the most excruciating pain in my chest and falling on the kitchen floor.
“I must have lost consciousness because the next I thing that I can remember was hearing Chloe speaking on the phone to the ambulance service. She was using my mobile phone and I asked her to put it on loudspeaker so that I could hear what was being said.
Chloe’s actions were outstanding that day. I have no doubt that she saved my life. It is lovely that she has been given this award. It is difficult to put into words how proud her Mum, Katrina, I and the rest of the family are of Chloe. She is our hero."
Call taker, Cary Ward also praised the schoolgirl. He said: "Chloe was incredibly brave and followed all my instructions without panicking.
"She remained calm throughout the call and was even performed chest compressions. She should be very proud of her actions and for remaining calm until we were able to get there."