THE two nurses recognized by Boris Johnson as having saved his life returned directly to the coronavirus front to help the others.
Ward’s sister Jenny McGee, 35, and nurse Luis Pitarma, 29, became world celebrities after the Prime Minister congratulated them on the life-saving treatment he received in intensive care at St Thomas’s Hospital from London.
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Jenny’s brother Rob said yesterday: “She is very humble and is back to work for another night shift.
“She said she was really happy to see everyone who works hard in the NHS being recognized for the incredible work they do.
“We are all very proud of Jen, not only for the support she has given Boris, but also for what she has done to help ordinary people.
“Even though she is blown away by Boris’ recognition, she is really happy to see public recognition for the incredible work that the NHS does – which made her really proud. “
New Zealander Jenny has been in the UK for eight years. She came here to study and then took a job in St Thomas. “
Mom Caroline described her as an exceptionally friendly person and a dedicated nurse.
She said, “It makes us extremely proud, of course. But she’s told us these things over the years, and no matter which patient she cares for, she does. “
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Caroline stated that Jenny had described taking care of the PM as surreal.
She added, “Our daughter is very professional, so we don’t ask for things and she doesn’t spread things. So it wasn’t until Boris was taken out of intensive care that she told us.
“She said she had just gone through the most surreal moment of her life and that she took care of Boris – something she will never forget. “
Dad Mike added, “Over the years, she has always told us that her job is to care for very seriously ill people individually, which means that she is there all the time.
“So, once we heard that Boris Johnson had been placed in intensive care, it was obvious that at some point, Jenny could meet him.
“We knew she would give him the same level of care that she would have given someone else the previous week – or that she would produce it next week. We are really proud of her. “
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Portuguese Luis, who moved to London in 2014, is also said to have returned to work after Johnson’s release.
A friend of hers said yesterday, “He’s an amazing guy. It’s really special. It is enough to treat each patient who arrives and on this occasion it was the Prime Minister.
“I think he is completely stunned by the reaction and recognition he has received. It is amazing to see the Prime Minister congratulating you for saving his life.
“It really is Luis the rescuer. He’s a great guy. Jenny and Luis were hailed as heroes yesterday in their homeland.
Sir Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Jenny’s hometown of Invercargill, said: “It is not very often that a local nurse saves the life of the British Prime Minister. “
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also sent Jenny a thank you message on Facebook. And Jenny’s old school, Verdon College, said she had “the deepest admiration” for her.
He added: “Jenny is described by her former teachers as an absolutely charming person and someone who had a caring and humble nature.
“Thank you Jenny for your courage, your exceptional work and the example you have given to everyone in these difficult times. Your old school community is so proud of you! “Luis, born in Aveiro near
Porto was praised by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on a phone call on Sunday.
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Johnson paid tribute to the NHS doctors who saved him in an emotional video message recorded Sunday after he was released from the hospital and met with pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds.
He gave a special mention to “Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal” – saying that they stood by his bedside for 48 hours when “it could have gone both ways.”
The PM also verified the name of “Po Ling and Shannon and Emily and Angel and Connie and Becky and Rachael and Nicky and Ann”.