A Sheffield schoolgirl was just inches from losing part of her sight when she was badly injured by flying debris.
Sixteen-year-old Nazira Begum was knocked to the ground after being hit on the head by a chunk of plywood blown out of a skip during high winds which battered the city.
Friends and passers-by rushed to the aid of Nazira as she lay on the pavement in Dore covered in blood.
After being taken to the Northern General Hospital, the Year 11 student at Dore’s King Ecgbert School was transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where she received specialist treatment for a deep cut above her eyebrow.
Nazira’s dad Madris Ali, who runs a newsagents in Heeley, said: “The cut was two centimetres deep, so it almost went right to the bone.
“They said if it had hit her eyes she would have lost her sight.
“We got a nasty shock when we saw her. We couldn’t believe it. She was so shaken up by what happened.”
Nazira is one of several people were hurt across South Yorkshire during Thursday’s high winds, which saw gusts of up to 83mph.
Two people were taken to hospital after a glass panel at Sheffield College in Granville Road shattered, trees were uprooted across the region and a lorry blew over on the A1(M), near Doncaster, trapping the driver in the cab.
Year 11 pupil Nazira is now recovering at the family home in Bannerdale Road, Carter Knowle, which she shares with her parents and sisters Naseema, aged 18, and 12-year-old Najma.
She has been forced to miss important mock exams as she recovers from a sore head and swelling to her eye.
Mr Ali said: “She’s got two big stitches and is worried she is going to be left with a big scar.”
Her father thanked staff at Dore greeting card shop Paper Moon and an off-duty nurse who helped his daughter after she was hurt.
He said: “We’re very grateful to the people who helped her.”