Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Lifesaving girl makes happy list

Ramona Gibbs is one of 100 unsung heroes in a Happy List run by the Independent on Sunday

A young girl who put her life on the line to stop her sister from being run over has been included in a list celebrating people who make the UK a happier place.

Ramona Gibbs is one of 100 unsung heroes celebrated in the Independent on Sunday Happy List, which aims to be an alternative to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Then six, Ramona put herself in front of a car to stop her younger sister Trixie from being run over by a vehicle that drove onto the pavement outside their Bristol home.

She was left with liver and lung damage, a broken rib and leg, bruising to her pelvis and internal bleeding, and had five operations during 16 days in hospital. Trixie only suffered a scratch.

Highlighting the stories of people who have improved the lives of others, the list also features soldier Carl Taylor, who saved three Afghan children from the Tailban.

The Corporal, of 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and from Birmingham, won a Military Cross for running 80 feet to assist the boys after they were trapped behind a wall.

Flood rescuers David and Cameron Dunn got a mention for saving a pensioner who was caught in deep water in Keynsham, Somerset, last November.

Ellis Blake and Ariana Webley also made their way into the happiness chart for saving a life. Aged 20 at the time, the cousins stopped a man from bleeding to death after a machete attack at a Bimingham bus stop by using towels and a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts.

An amputee from Truro, Cornwall, has been celebrated for designing a fitness DVD for others who have lost limbs, the elderly and overweight. Leanne Grose, who lost her left leg to a rare form of bone cancer, has also written an autobiography.

And social worker Shahida Choudhry, from Birmingham, started a petition for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl shot in the head by the Taliban, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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