An Elgin schoolboy has been hailed a hero after using his first aid skills to help his little sister after she suffered a horrific injury in their home.
Quick-thinking Brooklyn Arnott was at home with two-year-old Lexi when she slammed her finger in a bedroom door and was left bleeding profusely.
The top of her finger was hanging off as a result of the accident. and some of the bone was showing.
Their mum, Samantha Ross, has revealed how she heard the toddler screaming and rushed to see what the problem was.
A shaken Ms Ross carried her bawling daughter to the bottom of the stairs – and Brooklyn leapt into action.
The 10-year-old grabbed a towel which he used to apply pressure to Lexi’s wound, and put her on his lap while speaking to her to keep her awake.
The New Elgin Primary School pupil last night admitted feeling “scared and nervous” but said his instincts took over as he remembered learning about first aid in class.
He said: “It’s hard to describe what I was feeling at time, I was a little bit scared and nervous.
“But I learned what to do at school so thought I would put it to good use.
“Afterwards, I did feel a little bit sick thinking about what her finger looked like but I’m well prepared if something like this happens again.”
Ms Ross said her son had been “exceptionally brave,” especially because she “was no use at all” at the time.
She said: “I’m really proud of what he done as I was no use at all.
“At the time, I didn’t even think and all I did was panic but he was my little hero.
“I don’t know how he stayed so calm as I was screaming loudly about how her finger was coming off.
“If it wasn’t for him stepping in and stopping the bleeding it could have been much worse.”
Lexi was left with no broken bone but has a deep wound on her finger.
New Elgin Primary School has since commended Brooklyn in a post on its Facebook page.
The message said: “What a hero, managing to apply his new skills in a real-life scary situation.”