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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Brave Ellie, 7, steps in to help injured mum

A PROUD mum has praised her “little superstar”, who saved the day after she fell and lay helpless with a serious ankle injury.

Leanne Conway was putting out her wheelie bin on Monday morning when she slipped and broke her ankle in three places.

Mrs Conway, 33, was about to take her little girl Ellie, aged seven, to school when she suffered the freak injury on the driveway at her Maidenlands Crescent home in Dalton.

As her mum lay in agony, Ellie followed her instructions and knocked on neighbours’ doors for help.

Mrs Conway said: “She didn’t panic at all.

“I said knock on Roy’s door and there was no answer.

“So I said go and run over the road and knock on Lisa’s door, but again there was no answer.

“I was lying there in absolute agony in the rain, but she then ran to our neighbour over the road, who was home and took her into the house and then came out to my rescue.

“Another neighbour came out to help and rang the ambulance.

“For a seven-year-old, she was calm and not fazed at all.

“I had no phone and was in absolute excruciating pain and couldn’t get up.

“If it was not for her going and raising the alarm, I could have been out in the wet for quite a long time.”

Even after seeing her mum badly injured, Ellie went to Chapel Street Infant School in Dalton as usual

Ellie’s auntie, Claire Round, Mrs Conway’s sister, said: “We were all in shock when we heard the news at work.

“I phoned school, after I’d called everybody I needed to, and told the teachers and they had no idea what had happened.

“I didn’t know if she would be in shock, but they said she’d been absolutely fine.

“She just did it as something she felt she had to do.”

Ellie, who only turned seven last Thursday , now has a school merit award for ‘being brave and helping her mum’, to add to a ‘most improved’ award she had just won at the recent Dance Tazia annual show.

Mrs Conway, who is also mum to Ellie’s siblings Jessica, 15, and Louis, 11, said: “She is just brilliant – a little superstar.

“I’m proud of all my children, but for her at seven, I think she was marvellous.”

Mrs Conway wished to thank her neighbours for their help.

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