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2:28pm 10th October 2012
(Updated 2:28pm 10th October 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt how an 11 year old schoolgirl from Cornwall called on her first aid training to save her dad's life.

Here is the moment Maria Rowe from Illogan called 999 after she found John slumped on the sofa, wheezing and barely breathing.

Thanks to her first aid training, Maria was able to carry out CPR while she was on the phone to paramedics, even explaining that the 65 year old had previously suffered an aneurism.

She tells Pirate FM her mum arrived home as everything was unfolding and she had to calm her down: "I was rather scared at first. I thought it was a joke, like my dad would just be awake in a minute but I realised it was serious and that's when I didn't think about anything."

Hear Maria's story:


Dad John said he couldn't believe it when he found what Maria had done: "Very, very proud, tearful, yeah, shocked. I didn't know for a long time, so I knew nothing about what had happened. I woke up in hospital four, five days later, having had pneumonia, I'd had the virus. Very, very proud.

"I'm very, very lucky. If she hadn't been there, I wouldn't be here today. Everybody gets taught CPR but it takes a brave person to actually do it. Yes, you know what to do but you don't really want to do it, you don't want to dive in. So, for her, I thought she was tremendously brave."

Now Maria has been nominated for a St John's Ambulance award and says she wants to be a doctor.

The charity says each year up to 140 thousand people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live and it wants to put an end to needless death and encourage everyone to have the skills to save a life.

Chair of Judges for the awards, Richard Evens, says: "It's fantastic to see such amazing stories of individuals who have selflessly helped others. I'm pleased that our awards celebrate their achievements and hope that they inspire other people to be the difference."

Click here to vote for Maria, who will find out whether she has won at a ceremony in London in November.

2:28pm 10th October 2012

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