Bellshill teenager Dylan McStravock has told the Bellshill Speaker how watching Casualty helped him save his friend’s life.
Dylan (13) was out playing nearing his gran Margaret Black’s house in Hamilton just before Easter when Scott Nailon (9) slipped down an embankment.
Scott’s wrist was cut badly, with an artery and 10 tendons damaged, but despite the volume of blood Dylan didn’t panic. He grabbed Scott’s jumper and applied pressure until they could get the younger boy home and then on to hospital.
Scott underwent a four-hour operation at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and remains without feeling in some of his fingers.
Dylan received a certificate for wider achievement in community from Cardinal Newman High, where he is a third year pupil, and has been nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards by the Nailon family.
He said: “We used to go to the fields at my gran’s, but it was too wet so we had to go a different way and Scott slipped.
“I’m not sure how I knew what to do when Scott got injured, but I have always watched Casualty with my gran and that kind of thing happened on the show one day, so it just came into my head.
“I didn’t like the blood, but I had to do it. You don’t know what you can do until you are put into a situation.
“I was pleased that once we got him back and the professionals took over everything turned out okay.
“I was a bit nervous going up in front of everyone to get the award from the school so I don’t know how I’ll feel if I end up on TV at the Pride of Britain Awards.”
Dylan’s mum, Yvonne, is delighted to have a hero in the family.
She said: “At the time he never told me. I only really found out when the letter came in from the school and then I learned how serious it was , but I’m so proud of him.”