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Brave Burnley burns victim Chantelle turns 18

Chantelle Ryan celebrates her 18th birthday, with firefighters from Burnley Green Watch, from left, Manny Smith, Kev Birchall, Chantelle Ryan, Dave Hall and Harry Harrison.

Chantelle Ryan celebrates her 18th birthday, with firefighters from Burnley Green Watch, from left, Manny Smith, Kev Birchall, Chantelle Ryan, Dave Hall and Harry Harrison.

Burnley’s best known, and bravest teenager, Chantelle Ryan, has celebrated her 18th birthday.

And Chantelle, who nearly died after suffeing horrific burns as a baby, has announced she would like to become a nurse working with burns victims.

She said: “This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I just have to find out how I go about it now.”

One of the highlights of her birthday weekend was a visit from the firefighter who saved Chantelle’s life.

And Steve Cope and his wife Helen presented the teenager with a St Christopher medallion, a gift she will always treasure.

Chantelle, who suffered 24% burns and major lung damage caused by a burning ceiling tile which fell into her cot after fire ripped through her home, said: “I last saw Steve at his wedding when I was about 11 so it was really special to see him as him and his wife are so lovely.”

Steve was station officer at Burnley on the dramatic night of the fire. After his crew pulled Chantelle from her burning cot Steve gave her the kiss of life, a moment he will never forget.

He said: “It was obvious she wasn’t breathing so I resuscitated her twice and then she started to cough and splutter.

“It was one of the best moments of my life and it is so great to see how Chantelle has grown into a lovely young woman after all the traumas she has endured.”

Several other firefighters from Burnley also went along to wish Chantelle Happy 18th Birthday.

Chantelle of Ivy Street, celebrated her special birthday with all her family and friends who showered her with gifts including an iPhone 4, new clothes and trainers and a CD of her idol Michael Jackson. And to mark her 18th and becoming an adult Chantelle has also now got a tattoo of her her idol on her ankle.

Now studying child care at Burnley College, Chantelle has spent a lifetime of undergoing operations to minimise the scarring and still attends regular hospital appointments.

 

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