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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Brave girl, four, comes to rescue after mum badly hurt in fall

A brave four-year-old came to the rescue after her mum was seriously injured in a fall at their village home.

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Kate Butler with daughter Emily Farkas

Little Emily Farkas saved the day by rushing to raise the alarm, while her mum lay bleeding on the garden path.

Now the local community is rallying round to help the family while she recovers.

Kate Butler was standing on a dining chair, putting up a fly screen outside the family’s Hesket Newmarket home.

“I’d finished putting it up when the chair just went from under me,” she recalled.

“I fell straight down on to the concrete path and hit my head. There was a lot of blood.

“I knew straight away I’d broken my arm. I shouted for Emily to get help and she ran to the neighbour’s house. They called an ambulance.

“She did really well. She’s only four and hates blood. I don’t know what I’d have done if she hadn’t been there.”

The accident happened last Wednesday. One of the neighbours accompanied Kate to hospital while others looked after Emily and arranged to pick up her brother Leo, seven, from school.

Kate was taken to Carlisle’s accident and emergency department, where her head was glued back together and X-rays were taken.

She then needed surgery on her arm to pin it in place because the break was so bad.

Kate had to spend two days in hospital recovering, which is when the Hesket Newmarket community sprung into action. With partner Carl Farkas working overseas, neighbours made sure Emily and Leo were being looked after.

And since coming home, Kate said the whole village had been offering help – cooking meals, getting shopping and driving the children around.

“Everyone has been amazing. People have offered to come round and cook and all sorts. I’ve only lived here a year, too. It’s been amazing, especially with my partner being away. It’s been such a help,” she said.

Villager Steve Emmery, who looked after Emily while her mum was taken to hospital, said everyone is incredibly proud of the four-year-old.

“I don’t think her mum was really with it after the accident. She had a big gash on her forehead where you could see her skull,” he explained. “For a child of four to see that and still manage to raise the alarm... she must have been scared. Afterwards she was shaking like a leaf.

“But if Emily hadn’t gone for help her mum could have been lying there for ages. We just think she’s an amazing little girl,” he added.

“After it happened everyone wanted to help. People have really rallied round.”

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