‘I saw the blood, his hand wasn’t attached anymore’
COLIN Bailey could have lost his life if it wasn't for the courage and maturity of his 12-year-old daughter and her best friend.
Mr Bailey was trying to attach a horse float to his car when he accidentally reversed into a pole. The freak crash tore his right arm off completely.
His daughter Ayumi and her best friend Aja were the only ones home on the remote property near Jindabyne in the NSW Snowy Mountains, and Colin thought he would not survive.
But with incredible bravery and calm, Aja made a makeshift tourniquet from a horse lead while Colin's daughter Ayumi ran to a nearby hill to call an ambulance.
With poor reception, she dialled six times before getting through to help.
"Fortunately my daughter was right there and another girl and I managed to tell them 'you've got to call the ambulance and stop the bleeding', and that's what they did," Colin Bailey said.
Ayumi said while she was trying to call the ambulance, her hands were shaking so much she kept dialling the wrong buttons.
"I managed to press 000 eventually but I was also thinking this isn't a dream, I've got to wake up and think," Ayumi Bailey said.
Aja added: "I heard Colin crying out for help, I went out to see what was wrong, and then I saw the blood and noticed his hand wasn't attached to his arm anymore. I had a minute of screaming."
With the ambulance 20 minutes away, the girls put the severed arm in a plastic bag. The arm could not be saved, but parts were used during surgery on Bailey at Canberra hospital. Paramedics said there was no doubt the two young girls had saved Colin's life.
Today the girls will be awarded a Pride of Australia medal for their outstanding acts of heroism. They will be presented with their medals at the Sydney Opera House along with 13 others from across NSW.