Saturday, February 14, 2009

Good News: Nurse risks life & limb for another

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Nurse walked nine miles through snow two days in a row to save kidney dialysis patient

Outside, a blizzard was blowing and the snow was 14 inches deep.

She dug out her walking boots - and trudged nine miles through the snow to save the life of a patient.

Debbie Noble

In treacherous conditions and with temperatures plunging to - 2c, the 49-year-old made the arduous journey to help Steph Crawford, who could have died without dialysis treatment.

She was unable to drive to her usual dialysis centre in Kingston, South-West London, because of the snow, and ambulances could not reach her. Without treatment, she would have struggled to breathe as fluid builds up around her lungs. This can ultimately prove fatal.

When she called Mrs Noble in desperation on Monday last week, the renal nurse, who was on a day off, immediately set out from her home in Ashtead, Surrey, four and a half miles away.

Mrs Crawford added: 'After she got it working she then walked all the way home - and then did it all again the next day.

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When all you hear is negative, it is refreshing to hear of personal sacrifice on behalf of another.

Read the entire story here.

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