Calm under pressure

Boy, 8, comes to mum's rescue after farming accident

WHEN Graham Hopper's mum Rose screamed for him to help her after a farming accident, the eight-year-old didn't hesitate.

His actions have earned him a hero title, and more than a few hugs from a grateful mum.

Rose Hopper was feeding the horses on her farm at Nobby when she got her hand caught in spreading forks on a tractor.

While not critical, the injury was enough to make her nauseous and almost pass out and therefore unable to drive back to the homestead.

But a quick call to her son Graham solved the problem, with her eldest boy swinging into action and racing to be by her side.

The humble hero thinks nothing of his actions.

"Mum jammed her fingers in the forks in the tractor," Graham said.

"I thought she had been kicked in the stomach by a horse.

"I was in the house, she called crying, and I rushed down and opened the bale."

Despite cutting himself opening the bale, Graham helped his mother onto the tractor who then drove it into the shed.

That's when Mrs Hopper started to feel nauseous so Graham aided her to the car, hopping onto her lap to steer the car back to the house where he looked after his younger brother Jonathon and sister Bridget.

Graham called his grandmother who lives in Toowoomba who headed out to the farm to take care of her grandchildren.

But Graham had that under control, cooking dinner for Jonathon and Bridget.

Although Graham now talks down the situation, Mrs Hopper admits she was weak with pain and needed the help of her son.

"I just went down, fed the horses and was trying to get the forks to spread apart to get the hay and I jammed my finger," she said.

"I'd rather go through child birth.

"I started vomiting with the pain, was very weak and couldn't stand up."

Mrs Hopper said it was refreshing to know Graham had the skills to help in an emergency.

"He did a very good job, I'm very impressed," she said.

"I'm very proud and it's good because at a young age kids on a farm need to know how to help in an emergency."

Nobby State School principal Tim Youngberry will today hand over a special award to Graham.

"We thought that it would be nice to give him a special award," Mr Youngberry said.

"We thought what he did was fairly brave and grown up.

"I was very impressed with what happened and how he responded."

The special one-off award will recognise Graham's brave actions.



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