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‘Little gem’ Emily saves dad’s life

A YOUNG girl's quick thinking saved her dad's life after he suffered an epileptic fit.

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PROUD dad Neil McGregor with brave daughter Emily (left) and her cousin Laura

A YOUNG girl's quick thinking saved her dad's life after he suffered an epileptic fit.

Emily McGregor heard father Neil collapse and dashed into his bedroom.

As soon as she realised what had happened, the 10-year-old raced to the phone and called 999.

After making the emergency call, brave Emily put her dad into the recovery position.

Guided by the operator, she performed several key checks to make sure Mr McGregor was safe until paramedics arrived. And this week the proud dad said: "She saved me. She is a little gem."

The 41-year-old builder was at his home in Washington Street, Accrington, with Emily and her cousin Laura, 11, when he had the seizure.

With no other adults in the house, he could have lain unconscious and undetected on his bedroom floor if Emily had not rescued him.

Mr McGregor said: "We'd had a nice relaxing evening. It was about 9.30pm and I was having an early night. I don't remember what happened but Emily heard me collapse, came in to see me and then called for the ambulance. I am so proud of her, she saved my life.

"I used to have a list of instructions next to the phone in case I had a fit. But we lost them when we moved house and Emily had only seen me have one previous fit, five years ago."

Recalling the incident, Emily said: "It was really scary when I found my dad like that. Laura started crying and I knew I had to call for help.

"The ambulance people were brilliant. They talked me through it all and kept me calm. I'm just glad my dad's all right now."

Praise has been pouring in for the schoolgirl, who lives with her mum Debbie in Blackburn.

Michael Abel, duty manager of accident and emergency control for the ambulance service, said: "We would like to congratulate her on the grown-up attitude she showed when she found herself in this situation.

"Although she was frightened, she handled herself in a mature way, even taking control of her cousin. It was a pleasure to speak to such a polite and intelligent little girl.

"At her current age she may not realise what she actually achieved, but hopefully as she gets older she will understand what she did that night."

Robert Tasker, a friend of Mr McGregor and owner of Taskers furniture store, Accrington, was so impressed by Emily he gave her £100 towards a holiday.

Mr McGregor has also planned a special thank-you party for Emily, which will be attended by family and friends.

He said: "Her nan and uncle from Cumbria are coming down and it will be a real treat for her. She deserves it so much."