Little heroes

Little heroes
Little heroes

We try to protect them, protect them from worries and troubles, we turn pale every hour from fear for their lives. But sometimes our little and seemingly so helpless and careless children show us courage that not every adult has.

little heroes

They know how to be strong, fighting diseases. They know how to smile through pain and not show their suffering, without hesitation, rush into the fire and into the raging river to save the younger. And, what is important - then they do not make a business out of this, they do not shout at every corner about their feat. Perhaps it is children who know how to be heroes for real, sincerely and without ulterior motives.


"Child of Courage", "Childish Courage" - is the name of an award that exists now in many countries, but historically originates in the UK. Every year, this title is awarded to children who have shown strength of mind in difficult circumstances - a serious incurable illness, war, disasters and natural disasters.

In England, the award is presented annually by a representative of the royal family, for the last two years this role has been played by the wife of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla. This ceremony looks no less solemn than the presentation of "adult" titles. Ten to twenty children from five to fifteen years old are invited to Westminster Abbey in order to solemnly award them with the Child Courage Award. Before leaving for the ceremony, the children have breakfast at 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister and his wife.

In the main hall of Westminster Abbey, the anthem plays, the choir sings, the rector of the abbey speaks. One of the famous actors (last year it was Anthony Andrews) from the stage reads the stories of each little hero, and Her Highness puts a medal around the neck of each of the children. Together with the medal, the child receives not just a gift, but exactly what he dreamed of - for someone, for example, the dream of seeing the lead singer of a fashionable group comes true, the other receives a long-awaited new computer or a super-bike. The British believe that children who have shown heroism deserve such an honorable treatment.

During the existence of the Children's Courage Award, which is about 15 years, only 300 children have been awarded.

Thirteen-year-old Milli Bell had a hard time as her father Simon was slowly fading away from cancer. But she found the strength to write a book dedicated to her father, and called it "My dad is dying." Millie said that it was very difficult for her to be strong and courageous in those moments when her father was sad and when he was in pain. And she decided to describe her feelings and emotions - in order to help other children who find themselves in a similar situation. “I wanted to show that people can help each other if they want to,” the girl explained. And her grandfather David Bell added that Millie was very strong and supported all family members during this dramatic time.

Joanna Harris, aged 10, suffers from a rare autoimmune disease that keeps her indoors for six months of the year - being out in the cold is catastrophic, and Joanna has already lost her fingers and toes. But this selfless girl is famous in her city for raising funds for local charities. “She is so brave and determined,” says her mother Su, “that she inspires people with her life. If she, despite her terrible illness, can find the strength to help people, then why shouldn't we all do this?

Twelve-year-old Adam Churchman barely hears, but thanks to his diligence he became the best in the class in all subjects.

And brave little Megan Thomsen survived a 16-hour operation during which her small intestine, liver, pancreas and stomach were reconstructed. But, despite the most difficult period of recovery, almost daily research and tests, the girl maintains good spirits and supports her parents.


12-year-old Iraqi Ali Ismail Abbas touched the hearts of millions of people and became for many a real symbol of the ruthlessness and brutality of the war in Iraq. Half the world has been watching the fate of the boy for the fourth year now, and supporters of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq have written his name on posters.

As a result of the night bombardment of Iraq, the entire boy's family was killed: brothers and sisters, father and pregnant mother, a total of 15 people. Ali himself lost both arms and suffered burns on 60 percent of his body. Ali became famous after Reuters correspondents found him dying of wounds in Baghdad in 2002. With funds raised in Europe and America, the boy was transported to a hospital in Kuwait, and then to London, where modern prosthetic hands were made for him at the Queen Mary Hospital. The left prosthetic hand performs a decorative function, but the right one contains a lot of new technologies. It has an electrode that is connected to the nerve endings, and thanks to this the boy can move his fingers. And there is a tattoo on this “hand” - at the request of the boy, they wrote the logo of the Manchester United team there. Only one relative of the boy survived - his uncle, he helps Ali learn to live again.

Adults were amazed at the stamina with which little Ali went through all the trials, without losing optimism and fortitude. In his interviews, he only spoke about the fact that he dreams of learning how to brush his own teeth and finding surviving relatives.

At the hospital, the boy was visited by brothers Hassan and Hussein Saleh, former Siamese twins who were the first in the UK to undergo separation surgery. In 1992, they were the first to receive the Child Courage Award. The Saleh brothers nominated Ali for the same award. And in 2003, young Ali Abbas this international award.


Looking at ten-year-old Muscovite Nikita Subbotin,you remember Alan Marshall's book "I can jump over puddles". Her hero also fought, overcoming pain, for every new step. If Nikita had lived in Britain, he would surely have ended up in Westminster Abbey sooner or later and would have received an award for courage.

But he lives in Moscow and his reward is the opportunity to attend a regular school, swim in the pool and master SAMBO techniques in the sports section. Nikita was born prematurely, weighing less than a kilogram and so weak that doctors strongly doubted his viability. Cerebral palsy - he was diagnosed with this in the first year after birth.

From that time on, every day for Nikita is a heroic battle for a normal life. At first, the parents tried to help him with massages and medicines, and then they began to develop endurance and physical strength in the boy. Thus began exhausting classes according to a special program, then - swimming and ski jumping, and only then - sambo and hand-to-hand combat. When the coaches of the Olympiysky sports complex first saw the pupil, who at first could move from projectile to projectile by crawling or in the arms of his mother, they were amazed to the limit. There are unique footage on home video recording - four-year-old Nikita leaves a wheelchair and, on trembling legs, stands on a meter springboard. And then there was a jump with seven meters, to which all the witnesses applauded no less than the records at the Olympics. After six months of jumping, wheelchairs were forgotten. At the age of seven, Nikita went to a regular school and began to stubbornly master the letter. This boy, according to teachers, has incredible perseverance and optimism. He overcomes pain daily and hourly: whether he pulls up twenty times on the bar (not every he althy child will be able to!), whether he practices boxing techniques on a home-made pear from a newspaper file, whether he goes to school and back on his own, work for two hours in a row in training and smiling yet easy and contagious.

From the fire

Five-year-old Nastya Ovchar from the village of Vorontsovsk, Kharkov region, suddenly became famous not only throughout Ukraine, but also overseas. It arrived in March 2005.

Nastya and her two-year-old sister were left at home alone: ​​her mother (who was only 22 years old) went to the city to apply for child benefits, and her father went to meet his wife. Nastya was throwing firewood into the stove when her clothes caught fire. Next to the stove was a sofa on which the youngest girl slept. At first, Nastya tried to put out the fire, but after a while she realized that she could not cope, grabbed the baby in her arms and ran barefoot through the icy mud to the neighbors. Running into the house, she was able to say: "Wash Lyudochka's legs … There is a fire" - and lost consciousness. The father, who ran to the news of the fire, had to ride more than 4 km on horseback to the nearest telephone.

The girl was brought to the Kharkov hospital, then transferred to Kyiv. There was literally no living place on it, burns occupied almost 80% of the skin. After several operations, her condition did not improve, and Nastya should be transported to a specialized burn center in the United States, where she could grow and transplant almost all of her skin.

In Boston, where this center is located, they were incredibly touched by the story of a courageous girl. The American Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Child announced that it would fully cover the costs of Nastya's treatment and stay in the United States. A special plane arrived from Geneva to Ukraine, which can transport such seriously ill patients. Soon the story of Nastya Ovchar was discussed by the Verkhovna Rada: a decision was made to allocate funds to help the girl.

Nastya stayed in Boston for several months and returned to Ukraine as a celebrity. Thanks to the tragedy that happened to her, it was decided to build a modern burn center in Kyiv. Her native village of Vorontsovka was finally provided with telephones, the road was repaired, and the old house of the Ovchar family was completely restored in three days. But then Nastya and her family moved to an apartment bought by the state in Kyiv, because the girl needed constant monitoring by doctors from the burn center. And on September 1, 2005, Yekaterina Yushchenko, the President's wife, led Nastya Ovchar to the first grade by the hand.

Thirteen-year-old Vadim Nesterchuk from the village of Golovenko, near Zhytomyr, did not become as famous in Ukraine and in the USA as Nastya Ovchar. But he received the Order "For Courage" bravery from the hands of President Viktor Yushchenko.

26 December 2006 Vadim heard the voice of a neighbor calling for help. The boy quickly climbed into the house through the window. It turned out that four neighbors' children - two five-year-old twins and their brothers of six and two years old - played with matches and set fire to the chair. There was a fire that the returned mother could not extinguish. Vadim took the children out one by one, then returned to the house to turn off the gas in the boiler, unscrew the electrical fuse and open the windows. Then, together with two teenagers, he put out the fire.

wreckage rescue

The name of a second-grader from Tver Sasha Ershova appeared in the newspapers after the tragedy that occurred on February 14, 204 in the Transvaal Park in Moscow. This quiet home girl flatly refused to talk about the hours she spent in the ill-fated pool, refused to be photographed and give interviews. Journalists were able to talk to her only at the ceremony of awarding the state award "For the salvation of the dead."

After the roof collapsed onto the water of the Transvaal Park pool, Sasha found herself in the water in a “pocket” formed by slabs and fragments of reinforcement that fell on the pool. The plate covered it from above, leaving very little air. The girl could have escaped by diving under the rebar. However, nearby she saw a three-year-old, frightened Masha Gavrilova, who did not know how to swim at all. Sasha began to calm her down, and then took her in her arms and began to hold her on the water.

In the dark (the lights went out due to an accident), with a broken left arm and a concussion, Sasha kept the baby for about an hour and a half until her mother Lyubov Yershova found her. “Daughter, give me your hand, I will try to pull you out,” said the mother, and the girl refused: “No, mother, I can’t, I am holding the little girl, if I let her go, she will drown.” So the two of them remained until the rescuers arrived, and then Sasha dived, holding the hands of the crying Masha.

The medal was presented to the little heroine by the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Sergei Shoigu. He gave Sasha a computer, and the governor of the Tver region gave him a bicycle and a ticket to a sanatorium on the Black Sea.

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