Why I’m here
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.