A YATE teenager saved his dad’s life after being turned away from the cinema.

One month ago, 14-year-old Lewis Clarke went to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle at Yate’s Cineworld, but the staff there refused him entry because the film has a 15 certificate.

Unbeknown to the Chipping Sodbury School pupil, his dad Geoff had just collapsed from a massive stroke and was lying on the floor at his home.

Alone and in urgent need of medical attention, the precious window of time in which his life could be saved was a small one.

Kingsman has a running time of two hours and nine minutes. Ordinarily that wouldn’t matter, but on this particular occasion, two hours and nine minutes meant the difference between life and death.

When Lewis couldn’t get in to see the film, his mum, Lisa Stacey, offered him two alternatives.

She could take him shopping, or he could go and see his dad.

He chose the second option, as he hadn’t seen his dad for a few days. “I knocked on the door, but there was no answer,” said Lewis.

“I didn’t have my keys, so I went round the back and managed to get in that way. “I went up the stairs and my dad was on the floor and he asked me to help him up.

“I was shocked and I didn’t know what to do.

“I tried to help him up, but he was too heavy for me and I couldn’t do it. 

“I rang 999 and while we waited for the ambulance, which took over half an hour, I tried to keep him conscious by tapping him and talking to him.”

Lewis also called his mum, who lives separately from his dad, and she came over to help.

Geoff was taken to Southmead Hospital, where for two weeks he was kept under heavy sedation.

“He had to have three brain operations,” said Lewis.

“Before the surgery, we were told by the consultant that he might die.

“But now the doctors are now saying it’s down to him, what progress he makes.

“He’s paralysed down his left side, and his speech is not the best. But he’s been moved up into physiotherapy now.

“It feels good to have helped my dad like that. I wouldn’t have expected to do something like that in my life.”

Geoff ’s now in rehab, where he’s doing well.

“I’m very, very proud of Lewis,” he said.

“He’s only 14, but he’s got a sensible head on his shoulders.

“It’s a strange feeling, having the tables turned, from me looking after him, to him looking after me.

“It made me think, ‘Have I done a good job?’, to put him in that position.

“But I must have done a good job, because look at what he’s done.”