Father’s tweet reconnects child cancer patient with nurse who saved her life


A teen who survived leukaemia as a child has been reconnected with the nurse who helped save her life after transferring to school.

This week, Martin Dorey shared {a photograph} of his daughter, Maggie, on Twitter, writing that he had simply dropped her off at college near the hospital she was handled as a child.

“Dropped Maggie at [university] in Bristol today,” he wrote in a tweet.

“From her new room you can see the room at Bristol Children’s Hospital where, 17 years earlier, she spent six months fighting for her life against leukaemia. Tears of joy. Thank you NHS.”

The tweet caught the eye of nurse Charlotte Higby, who used to work as a kids’s nurse in Bristol.

It was throughout this time that she sorted Maggie.

Replying to Dorey’s tweet, Higby mentioned: “Wow – that gives me goosebumps! As a nurse who looked after Maggie all those years ago, I can’t tell you how much this post means. Have an amazing time Maggie!”

Shocked by her response, Dorey requested whether or not Higby was one of many nurses who had helped Maggie after she had an allergic response to chemotherapy as a child.

“Wow!! Me too. Thank you for your message… can I assume that you are one of the Charlotte/Charlie team who stepped in after an anaphylactic reaction to chemo,” he requested.

Higby confirmed that she was the identical Charlotte, telling the daddy that she has “never forgotten that night”.

“Every year when I do my life support training and they ask ‘has anyone any experience of anaphylaxis’ I think of Maggie,” she mentioned.

Dorey additionally revealed that the nurses’ actions had a long-lasting impression on his household, with Maggie’s youthful sister named after Charlie.

“Until that moment she was going to be Lily. She’s a much better Charlie/Charlotte,” he mentioned, sharing an image of his daughters.

Higby mentioned each she and nurse Charlie are “delighted” to see Maggie go to school.

“Nursing in that field often leaves you not quite sure how things turned out, so to see Maggie heading off to [university] is incredibly special,” she mentioned.

The candy change has since gone viral on Twitter, with Dorey’s authentic tweet garnering greater than 120,000 likes.

One particular person touched by Dorey and Higby’s posts publish commented: “This and Maggie’s nurse responding is absolutely amazing and so beautiful.”

Another person, a bereaved guardian, mentioned Maggie’s story had made them “so happy”.

“As the mother of a child that did not make it, 20 years ago, that makes me so happy for you,” they wrote.

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