Schoolgirl presented with bravery award by paramedics after rescuing her dad

Adam Nowak, clinical training officer, Gracey Cox and Debbie Tweddle, locality manager
Adam Nowak, clinical training officer, Gracey Cox and Debbie Tweddle, locality manager

A Northamptonshire schoolgirl has been presented with a bravery award from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Five-year-old Gracey Cox dialled 999 when dad Matthew Cox, 32, a handyman, tumbled down the stairs at home, injuring his back. The fall left Matthew unable to move and screaming in pain.

He was worried he’d be unable to summon help as he was home alone with Gracey. Yet the youngster rushed to get the telephone and when dad dialled 999 she spoke to the call handler to explain what had happened.

Matthew said: “I feel really lucky to be Gracey’s dad and now even luckier she was there when I needed help. I’m proud she had the courage to do what she did.

“I was totally immobilised and in a lot of pain. Gracey gave the right address and unlocked the door so the paramedics could get in. She can just about reach the door handle so she did so well.

“She was trying to comfort me by stroking my leg and bringing me a picture of her nanny, my mother-in-law, to look at.”

Gracey tried to distract her dad until an ambulance arrived. He was given medication for the pain at home and transported to Kettering General Hospital for treatment.

Matthew’s fall had damaged the muscles in his back, which then went into spasm. He was given pain medication in hospital and a muscle relaxant.

The dad made a full recovery and was the first to thank his daughter for her kindness and presence of mind.

He said: “Gracey was just brilliant and I’m so pleased she’s won this award to let her know she did the right thing.”

Pete Scrimshaw from EMAS’s Emergency Operations Centre nominated Gracey for the award. He said: “Despite her young age Gracey was able to offer her dad support and make sure he got the help he needed.

“She answered questions from our call handler and stayed calm in what must have been a worrying situation for her. We’re delighted to say a big well done.”

Gracey was presented with her bravery award at her schoo, South End Infant School, Wymington Road, Rushden, on Thursday March 14.