Portuguese nurse “touched” by message from Boris Johnson

in News · 23-04-2020 10:49:00 · 0 Comments

Portuguese nurse Luís Pitarma said today he was “touched” when the British Prime Minister thanked him for the care provided during hospitalization with covid-19 and described as immediate “surreal” the President of the Republic of Portugal.

"I have no words to describe how I felt when I saw [the video]. It left me very moved. I was really surprised, but very happy. I never thought it would be highlighted like that. The Prime Minister's message really came from the heart. It was the most honest message I have ever seen, ”he said today, in a statement published by St. Thomas hospital.

Shortly after being discharged from the hospital, where he was hospitalized for a week due to worsening symptoms, including three nights in intensive care, Boris Johnson published a video on the social network Twitter thanking the various health professionals that he considers to have saved his life , highlighting Portuguese.

"And I hope you don't mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by me for 48 hours when things could have gone awry. It's Jenny from New Zealand, Invercargill, on the South Island, to be exact, and Luís, from Portugal, near Porto ”, said the head of government.

Pitarma, who spent the three nights with the politician while he was in intensive care, said he was "very proud", not only for himself, "but for the whole team".

Hours later, the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, made direct contact by phone with the nurse to express his thanks for taking care of the British Prime Minister and thus participating in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

“It was surreal, but I was very proud to receive his call. He was grateful for what I did, for being a nurse and for representing the country ", revealed the nurse, who was invited to visit the Palace of Belém when he is in Portugal.

"To be thanked by the Prime Minister and the Portuguese President at the same time was incredible, I really couldn't believe what was happening. Apparently, I'm a celebrity in Portugal now! It's great to get more recognition for the nurses there”, creased.

Born in Aveiro, Luís Pitarma, 29 years old, graduated from the Lisbon Nursing School, having completed an Erasmus year at the University of Lathi, in Finland.

In 2014, he started working in London, where he went to four health units before being recruited to the Guy and St. Thomas hospital group, where he is a nurse specialized in intensive care, in particular ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), according to information on social networks.

In the text published today, the Portuguese nurse admits that he was nervous when he was informed by the head nurse that he had been chosen to oversee the British Prime Minister because "he was confident that he could handle the situation well".

“I asked how he would like to be treated and he told me to call him Boris. It made me less nervous because it took away any formality. He just wanted to be treated like anyone else, ”he recalled.

Johnson is currently recovering from his country residence at Checkers Court, just outside London, since he was discharged on 12 April from St. Thomas Hospital.

He was hospitalized on April 5, according to a statement, "just in case" to be tested for "persistent symptoms" of the disease, with which he was diagnosed on March 26, having been revealed afterwards that he needed respiratory support with oxygen .

On April 6, he went to the intensive care unit, but his office guarantees that the use of a ventilator was not necessary, and returned to the normal ward on April 9.


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