Published Thursday, 24 July 2014
Although still unable to walk after the freak accident in Castlewellan Forest Park at the weekend, Alanna Casement is determined to play netball and Gaelic football again.
Alanna had been riding her friend's bicycle in the park when it skidded and one of the handlebars - which didn't have protective rubber covers - sank deep into her thigh damaging her femoral artery.
When the young girl pulled the handlebar out, blood went streaming down her leg.
The last thing she remembered before fainting was running to her friend Paulette's father for help, as he rushed over to her.
"I must have fainted or something - I felt nothing," she said, of what happened next.
"I remember Paulette's dad was holding my leg - the blood had stopped. I remember wakening up and everyone was around me."
She admitted that she had no idea how badly injured she was.
Paramedics, who were on standby at the Agricultural Show in the Co Down park, were quickly on the scene as were the PSNI, who called in their helicopter to airlift Alanna to the Royal hospital in Belfast.
A move which undoubtedly saved her life as the child had lost more than half of the blood in her body.
The schoolgirl said that she was later told her lips had gone blue, as paramedics urged her to stay with them while she received oxygen at the scene.
Alanna said that she wasn't scared until she got to the Royal Victoria Hospital For Sick Children and saw the medical staff scrub up in the theatre.
"I just kept screaming 'Get me to sleep!' because the pain was really sore then."
When she woke up after the emergency surgery, she was able to see her parents for the first time since her ordeal began.
"I was really happy to see mummy and daddy's face," she admitted.
Unable to walk yet, Alanna will have to undergo intensive physiotherapy - but she's determined to play football and netball again.
Alanna is hoping to leave hospital next week and is looking forward to being back home with her friends and family in Annacloy.
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