Two nurses who had been singled out for reward by Boris Johnson for his or her care whereas he was in hospital with the coronavirus stated the British prime minister was handled like some other affected person.
New Zealand nurse Jenny McGee stated she was unfazed by the duty of caring for PM Johnson, who “absolutely needed to be there”, whereas Luis Pitarma, from Portugal, stated the duty “was quite overwhelming”.
“There was a lot of media interest about him being in hospital and, to be honest, that was the toughest,” McGee informed TVNZ in an interview that aired on Thursday, her first public remarks for the reason that episode.
“As a unit, he was just another patient we were trying to do our best for, so it was business as usual. It was just another day at the office,” added McGee, who has labored for the National Health Service since 2010.
In a press release issued by London’s St Thomas’ hospital, the place 55-year-old Johnson was taken on April 5 after his COVID-19 signs worsened, Pitarma stated: “I asked how he would like to be addressed and he said to call him Boris. That made me feel less nervous because he took away any formality.”
“I’ve never looked after someone high profile before. But he was also a patient like any other patient, a life like any other life.”
PM Johnson was moved into intensive care on April 6, remaining there for 3 nights. On being discharged from hospital on April 12, he stated in a video message: “The NHS saved my life, no question”.
Johnson named a number of nurses who had cared for him, earlier than thanking two particularly — “Jenny from New Zealand” and “Luis from Portugal” — who he stated had stood by his bedside “when things could have gone either way”.
McGee stated that when Johnson posted that message, she was preparing for her nightshift and a pal texted her.
“My first reaction was that it was a joke,” she stated.
McGee stated that as she carried out her duties, she and the prime minister “spent a lot of time together and we talked away about NZ”, notably about her residence metropolis of Invercargill, which she stated he took an curiosity in.
After shifts caring for the British chief, she stated she would get in her automotive and “hear things about Boris Johnson on the news that was very surreal because I thought ‘wow, I’ve been looking after him'”.
“But I really wasn’t fazed,” she added.
Johnson wasn’t the one nationwide chief to congratulate the 2 nurses. McGee obtained a message from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whereas Pitarma was contacted by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
“It was quite surreal but I was very proud to get his call. He was thankful for what I’d done,” Pitarma stated.
“To be thanked by the Prime Minister and the Portuguese President within the same few hours was amazing, I couldn’t really believe what was happening.”
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