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Five-year-old Glemsford girl praised for brave actions after mother knocked unconscious following accidental fall down stairs

By Dave Gooderham

Five-year-old Scarlett Neill was presented with a 'Glemsford Angel' award, after calmly speaking to the emergency services following an accident to her mum, Sam. Submitted photo. (6549414)
Five-year-old Scarlett Neill was presented with a 'Glemsford Angel' award, after calmly speaking to the emergency services following an accident to her mum, Sam. Submitted photo. (6549414)

The quick-thinking actions of a five-year-old girl have been saluted, after she saw her mum fall down the stairs and remain unconscious for more than 15 minutes.

Scarlett Neill has been praised by her parents and school, after calmly speaking to the emergency services, following the accident involving her mum, Sam.

She also called her dad, Joe, and looked after her younger brother, Harvey, before paramedics arrived at their home in Glemsford.

Sam, who injured her neck, hip and ribs, but has now made a full recovery, paid tribute to her daughter.

She said: “I was carrying Harvey down the stairs when I missed the second step and fell to the bottom.

“I hugged Harvey so he would land on me, but I was knocked unconscious. The next thing I knew, I had woken up and Scarlett was talking to the ambulance crew.”

Unbeknown to Sam, Scarlett had called her dad to tell him what had happened before taking a call from the emergency services.

She then also made sure Harvey was calm, in front of the television, before the paramedics arrived.

Sam said: “Scarlett was amazing. The front door was locked so she even had to tell the ambulance crew the best way to the back door.

“It surprised me how calm she kept, but I think she knew I needed help.

"There were tears down her face, but you wouldn’t know she had been crying."

Sam wants to use her experience as a lesson for others, stating she was relieved she decided never to lock her mobile phone and also educate Scarlett what to do in an emergency.

Scarlett was recognised in a special assembly at Glemsford Primary School, where she was presented with a Glemsford Angels award.

Headteacher Ben Jeffery said: “We were blown away to hear how brave Scarlett had been in such a worrying time.

“When we celebrated Scarlett’s achievement in assembly, we played the recording of the phone call and it was an inspiration and an emotional moment.

“We are all very proud of Scarlett and pleased that Mum has recovered.”

The Glemsford Angels are a group of local people committed to improving community life for the residents of Glemsford.

Fiona Dinning-Cole, chairman, said: “I was honoured to award a Glemsford Angel to an outstanding young person.

“Scarlett Neill is a star who showed such resourcefulness in her family's time of need.”


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