LITTLE sisters are often the bane of a big brother’s existence but Shirley teenager John Fleetwood will surely be giving his younger sibling a big hug after she saved his life.
Quick-thinking Anna Bella, 11, leapt into action last Wednesday afternoon when her brother tripped over a slab on the family’s drive in Binley Close and crashed onto a large ceramic plant pot cutting his wrist.
Despite 13-year-old John’s protests that he was fine, a calm Anna Bella realised the injury was extremely serious and took charge, wrapping the arm in a towel to stem the horrific blood loss and ensuring the by now dizzy patient, lay down.
The St Patrick’s C of E Infant & Junior School pupil then rang for an ambulance and raced next door to neighbour, Ling Wen, who is a nurse, for help.
John, a pupil at Alderbrook School added: “I saw the cut and I thought ‘Oh my God’ but I didn’t think it was that bad. I didn’t feel any pain. When Anna Bella saw it she said she was going to call an ambulance. Then she wrapped a towel around my wrist to stop the bleeding and ran next door . I was feeling dizzy by then.”
Anna Bella said: “I just thought he had cut his wrist but then the blood squirted everywhere. I saw a programme on TV the week before which showed you what to do so I remembered that.”
Proud dad Mac added: “Had John been on his own he would have bled to death - he had severed seven tendons, muscles and the main artery. He had a three-hour operation at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital the next morning and luckily there’s no nerve damage, but he needed 30 stitches.”
Mac, a police officer in Solihull continued: “He came out of hospital on Friday and went back to school on Tuesday. He is doing fantastically well and he has given his sister lots of hugs.”
The relieved family including mum Linda and big sister Lucy who is 15, can’t praise Anna Bella enough.
“Her brother has thanked her but I don’t think she does realise what she’s done”, said Mac. “She’s a bit of a star”.