Five-year-old Holly hailed a hero for saving her dad's life

The Northern Echo: Barry Barkess, of Stanley, pictured with his daughter Holly Price, five, who saved her father's life by giving him an injection. Pic: Sarah Caldecott Barry Barkess, of Stanley, pictured with his daughter Holly Price, five, who saved her father's life by giving him an injection. Pic: Sarah Caldecott

A PROUD dad is hailing his five-year-old daughter a hero for saving his life after he fell into a diabetic coma.

Brave Holly Price found the 47-year-old builder slumped downstairs and calmly injected him in the stomach with glucagon.

Barry Barkess, who has been insulin dependent for 33 years, had fallen into a hypoglycemic coma at around 1.30am on Saturday at his home in Stanley, County Durham, and was unconscious.

“I must have passed out on the settee and the bairn has woken up and found out I wasn’t in bed and come down," he said.

“She has found me and tried to wake me up. I remember her shaking my face.

“I stood up and fell back down again because you have got no use in your limbs. I was crawling into the kitchen, but she knew what to do.”

Mr Barkess, and Holly’s mother, Sandra, who are separated, have taught their daughter that her father needs an injection from the fridge if he becomes unwell.

But the youngster, a year one pupil, at Shield Row Primary School, has never had to put the vital first aid training into practice.

Holly calmly went to the fridge, got her daddy’s glucagon injection kit and injected him in the stomach.

She then called her mother on his mobile phone and played computer games until she arrived and her dad regained consciousness.

Mr Barkess, of Newburn Road, Shield Row, said: “It probably would have killed me if she was not there.

“I have been living on my own for almost two years and she has never had to deal with anything like this.

“For her to come along out of the blue and remember everything is amazing.

“I am overwhelmed that the information Sandra and I gave Holly has been understood and acted on at such a young age.”

Mr Barkess regained consciousness after around 15minutes and Holly was sitting next to him with her mother who made him jam sandwiches to boost his blood sugar levels.

He added: “It is a bit frightening, the more I think about it. This could have been a bad episode. I am very proud of my daughter for being so calm and carrying out her actions with such a good attitude.

“This act of bravery by her has probably saved my life or stopped me from having life-threatening complications.”

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12:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

blondelobotomy says...

Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!!
Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!! blondelobotomy

12:30pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rosvanian says...

blondelobotomy wrote:
Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!!
Quite right - it's a basic, unforgivable journo error.

She gave him glucose because her dad's blood glucose level was low. Insulin would have, in all likelihood, killed him by further rapidly decreasing his blood glucose level.
[quote][p][bold]blondelobotomy[/bold] wrote: Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!![/p][/quote]Quite right - it's a basic, unforgivable journo error. She gave him glucose because her dad's blood glucose level was low. Insulin would have, in all likelihood, killed him by further rapidly decreasing his blood glucose level. Rosvanian

2:27pm Tue 11 Feb 14

temmer says...

For a five year old to remain calm and under control, and remembering what she had been told off her parents in these circumstances is pretty amazing!
really brightened up my day reading this :)
For a five year old to remain calm and under control, and remembering what she had been told off her parents in these circumstances is pretty amazing! really brightened up my day reading this :) temmer

4:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mumof2teenagers says...

well done to you Holly
well done to you Holly mumof2teenagers

5:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

grandmab says...

Rosvanian wrote:
blondelobotomy wrote:
Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!!
Quite right - it's a basic, unforgivable journo error.

She gave him glucose because her dad's blood glucose level was low. Insulin would have, in all likelihood, killed him by further rapidly decreasing his blood glucose level.
She gave him glucagon which is a hormone designed to release glucose from the liver. GLucose might have helped but is not as quick in returning blood sugar to safe levels.
[quote][p][bold]Rosvanian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blondelobotomy[/bold] wrote: Well done little un, great story but it's a good job she didn't give him INSULIN as stated under the picture!!!![/p][/quote]Quite right - it's a basic, unforgivable journo error. She gave him glucose because her dad's blood glucose level was low. Insulin would have, in all likelihood, killed him by further rapidly decreasing his blood glucose level.[/p][/quote]She gave him glucagon which is a hormone designed to release glucose from the liver. GLucose might have helped but is not as quick in returning blood sugar to safe levels. grandmab

9:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Skyleah says...

Amazing, well done. Especially as the glucogen needs to be mixed together before drawn up into the syringe and injected.
Amazing, well done. Especially as the glucogen needs to be mixed together before drawn up into the syringe and injected. Skyleah

10:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JadeSloan says...

Well done Holly! You little star!

I'm happy the caption has changed under the photo now too. Would be best if it didn't say injection at all really as the only injection I carry or own are insulin ones and it can confuse people and obviously in that situation insulin would kill us.

If we're unconscious just call 999, don't inject us unless you're trained and know what you're doing like Holly, if we are conscious but unwell give us something sugary.

Well done again Holly!
Well done Holly! You little star! I'm happy the caption has changed under the photo now too. Would be best if it didn't say injection at all really as the only injection I carry or own are insulin ones and it can confuse people and obviously in that situation insulin would kill us. If we're unconscious just call 999, don't inject us unless you're trained and know what you're doing like Holly, if we are conscious but unwell give us something sugary. Well done again Holly! JadeSloan

1:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

What a super little girl- her dad must feel so proud of her.
What a super little girl- her dad must feel so proud of her. johnny_p

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