Chanelle, 7, to the rescue of her agony-stricken grandmother
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl came to the rescue of her agony-stricken grandmother who had injured her shoulder falling down the stairs.
Carol Bryant-Powell was in so much pain she couldn’t move after tripping at her Forest Fields home on Sunday morning.
But her granddaughter Chanelle Hayden-Powell called 999 and kept reassuring her gran she’d be okay – until paramedics arrived to take her to hospital.
East Midlands Ambulance Service has praised the youngster for her actions.
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Grandmother-of-three Carol, 58, said: “If it hadn’t been for Chanelle I don’t know what I would have done.
“I live alone and I think I could have been down there for quite a while without Chanelle there.
“I don’t think she realises how clever she was and how proud of her we are.”
The pair had been preparing to go and visit Carol’s father for dinner when the accident happened at around 11.45am.
Carol said: “Chanelle was in the living room getting ready and I was halfway down the stairs carrying my coat and bag when I fell.
“I put my arm out and fell back with a thump and felt something pop in my chest. Chanelle shouted was I alright, and I said couldn’t move.
“She got my mobile out and dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance.
“She kept asking how I was and saying the ambulance wouldn’t be long.”
Chanelle, who goes to Huntingdon Academy in St Ann’s, said: “I learned to call 999 at school last year because we had assembly with a fireman and they said if you want an ambulance to call 999.
“I rang 999 and said we needed an ambulance because Nana had fallen down the stairs. I told them Nana’s address – I was worried, scared and felt sad. I feel happy that Nana’s back home.”
Carol was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre and diagnosed with a torn muscle in her chest and shoulder.
She returned home on Sunday evening.
She said: “I’m in agony butt could have been an awful lot worse.”
She added: “Chanelle stays over most weekends and last week we had been writing my name and address down just as something to do together.
“She loves doing numbers and it was just something for her to write. It must have stuck in her mind.”
Chanelle’s proud mum, Sarah Hayden, 27, of Abbotsford Drive, St Ann’s, said: “Chanelle was so brave. She’s never had to do anything like that before. It’s overwhelming.”
Huntingdon Academy said it planned to present Chanelle with a Head Teacher’s Certificate in recognition of her actions.
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “This must have been a very worrying thing for Chanelle to experience but the fact she rang 999 to get help is a tribute to her presence of mind.
“We’d like to congratulate Chanelle for being so calm and hope that her nan soon recovers from the ordeal.”