A quick-thinking teenager put theory into practice when she saved her dad’s life after he had an accident with a chainsaw.
And now Charlotte Cleasby, 17, from Wolvey, has been shortlisted for the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award at this year’s St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards.
In June last year her dad Neil was chopping down a tree with a chainsaw when the ladder slipped. He fell ten feet and the falling chainsaw caused two deep cuts to his lower arm.
Charlotte went to his rescue and elevated his arm, applied direct pressure and used clean tea towels to make a tourniquet.
By the time paramedics arrived, the bleeding had stopped. The crew later told Charlotte’s mum that if she had not reacted so quickly, he could have died.
Charlotte said: “I am honoured to be a finalist for this award. However, I only did what everyone would have done in this situation.
“I have had quite a lot of experience in medical situations as I am preparing my admission for medical school so I got the chance to put some of the things I have learned into practice.
“I am delighted to have helped my dad and have warned him against such dangerous pursuits in the future.”
Dad Neil said: ‘I am very proud of Charlotte and it is fantastic that she is a finalist for this award. Without her quick thinking and calmness under pressure I am not sure it would have ended well for me. Her first aid training saved the day.’