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Head injury patient tracks down 'guardian angel' nurse

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A hospital nurse has been praised by a woman he gave lifesaving first aid to while off-duty in a London street.

Estate agent Susan Hill, 65, tracked down Matthew Quinn to thank him after the incident in February.

While visiting the capital from her home in the West Midlands, she had a serious fall in Oxford Street. It resulted in her splitting her head open and partially severing an artery.

Matthew Quinn stopped to help until paramedics arrived. According to the Evening Standard, he managed to stem the bleeding with a scarf and his hands – placing them on each side of her head above her ears to hold her split scalp in place – and used paper napkins from a nearby café to cover the wound.

Ms Hill was then taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where she underwent surgery for her injury and was kept in for the night.

“I was so lucky that he was there – I don’t know what would have happened to me otherwise”

Susan Hill

Following the accident, Ms Hill only knew Mr Quinn’s first name and that he worked at King’s College Hospital.

She subsequently contacted King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust, which posted a message on its intranet. Mr Quinn got in touch after being told by a colleague.

King's College Hospital

Matthew Quinn

They have now spoken on the phone and plan to meet in person for the first time since the accident in February this year.

Ms Hill said: “I was so lucky that he was there – I don’t know what would have happened to me otherwise.

“He was my true guardian angel, and it was so nice to speak to him since. I am grateful to Matt for looking after me,” she added.

Mr Quinn said: “I’m really pleased to hear she is doing so well. We are trained to deal with a whole range of cases, so I went into automatic pilot, and did what anyone else in my position would have done.”


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