Why I’m here

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

AMONG the mul­ti­tude who turned out to show sup­port for the NHS yes­ter­day were many who owe it their lives or their eter­nal grat­i­tude.

Nine-year-old James Wil­liams dressed as a sur­geon to show sup­port after docs in

Peterborou­gh stitched his fin­ger back on after a bike ac­ci­dent.

Mum Sarah Tomkins,

47, said: “We’ll al­ways be grate­ful.”

Jacky Mckenna, 55, from Aylesbury, Bucks, owes her life to the NHS after she de­vel­oped sep­sis last year when her kid­ney got blocked. She had to be re­sus­ci­tated and spent three months in a coma at Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal. “With­out the NHS I wouldn’t be alive,” she said.

Shan­non Druif, 18, and sis­ters Katie, 10, and Re­becca, nine, from north London, were there with dad Brind­ley who said the NHS has helped his col­i­tis. He said: “If I didn’t have the NHS I’d be screwed.”

Julien FitzGer­ald, from Aylesbury, Bucks, needs a hip re­place­ment but has been told at 49 he is too young for an NHS op. “I’m in con­stant pain,” he said.

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