Local PSNI officers have been hailed as heroes for helping save the life of an 11-year-old girl who was seriously injured after falling off her bike at Castlewellan Show.
Alanna Casement had been riding a friend’s bike on Saturday, when in a freak accident she lost control and the “turned up handlebars penetrated her leg” damaging her femoral artery.
Officers rushed to her assistance and administered first aid until the paramedics arrived.
Because of the youngster’s extensive blood loss a PSNI helicopter was alerted to take her to hospital where she underwent surgery.
Collette Casement, 43, said her daughter moved out of intensive care on Monday night, adding: “When this happens it puts life in perspective.”
The mother-of-three from Annacloy said: “I wasn’t there when the accident happened. I found out when Alanna’s friend phoned me and said she had been in an accident. She then passed the phone to a policeman who told me more. He said Alanna was being airlifted to hospital because of her blood loss.”
Mrs Casement said she “cannot put into words” how thankful she is to the PSNI.