Top award for brave girl hurt saving sister
A BRAVE Bristol youngster who saved her younger sister's life – suffering serious injuries herself in the process – has been presented with a national award for her courage.
Knowle seven-year-old Ramona Gibbs, pictured, was presented with the Child of Courage award at the Pride of Britain Awards.
The youngster – who has also been named as a Post/First Gold Star winner risked her own life to save her sister Trixie when a car mounted the pavement outside their Knowle home.
The sisters were on their scooters in Imperial Walk when a 94-year-old driver manoeuvring in the road accidently stepped on the accelerator and mounted the pavement.
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After pushing her sister out of the way, Ramona was pinned between the woman's car and a parked Land Rover before being pulled out by a neighbour.
She was rushed to Bristol Children's Hospital and admitted to intensive care, suffering from liver and lung damage, a broken leg and rib, a bruised pelvis, a damaged knee and internal bleeding. After 16 days in hospital she returned home, but since the accident has had further operations, including plastic surgery on her knee.
Ramona was nominated for the award by Avon and Somerset Police family liaison officer Natalie Gillard.
Ms Gillard said: "Ramona is a very brave and special little girl who has overcome some horrendous injuries. It's very likely that she saved her younger sister Trixie from serious injury or even death thanks to her split second decision. She's an inspiration and that's why I nominated her for this prestigious award."
Ramona attended the Pride of Britain ceremony, which was broadcast last night. When X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary told her she was "unbelievable" for her courageous act, Ramona broke down in tears.