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Sunday 25 August 2019

'Simply amazing' Lauren gets bravery award for saving dad

Lauren Brennan with her dad John, mum Claire and brother Shaun
Lauren Brennan with her dad John, mum Claire and brother Shaun

A girl who relayed urgent instructions from medics after her dad suddenly fell ill has been honoured with a bravery award.

Lauren Brennan (12) was playing in the park with dad John, mum Claire and brother Shaun when John lost his speech and movement in his left side.

"My wife thought I was having a stroke," said John (38), who was born with a genetic heart condition.

Droop

"I wasn't talking or responding. Claire noticed a droop on one side of my face."

Lauren, who was only nine at the time in July 2016, rang 999 and followed instructions from the call-taker, who asked for checks for strokes to be carried out until an ambulance arrived.

"I had no speech or movement for an hour-and-a-half, but thank God it came back," John said.

"Doctors told me they suspected I had a mini- stroke called a TIA."

John and Claire, of Tallanstown, Co Louth, said Lauren "was simply amazing".

An emergency worker put her forward for the award, which she received at the National Ambulance Headquarters in Tallaght.

Lauren is also a fundraiser for the Irish Heart Foundation, Mater Foundation, the Simon Community, the Irish Hospice Foundation, Save Our Homeless Dundalk, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, and Temple Street Hospital.

"This award was a great recognition, not just for what she did that day but of all her work helping others," said John.

Lauren said: "I'm so glad to have my daddy home with us and doing so well."

John had a heart transplant in September and said he thinks of his donor every day.

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