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Nurse receives award from patient whose life she saved

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A Plymouth staff nurse has received a charity award for going to the aid of a shopper who was having a heart attack.

Madeleine El-Zein was presented earlier this month with the Royal Humane Society’s certificate of commendation by patient Alan Davies and Richard Crompton, chair of Plymouth NHS Trust.

Ms El-Zein, who works at the trust’s Derriford Hospital, was given the award for making a “significant contribution towards saving a life”.

“To receive an award for what we did is humbling and unexpected”

Madeleine El-Zein

She and a colleague were nominated for the certificate for helping Mr Davies when he collapsed in Plymouth city centre during a Christmas shopping trip in December 2013.

With the help of fellow staff nurse Tracy Jones and a local antique’s dealer, Ms El-Zein was able to resuscitate Mr Davies and stayed with him until he was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Ms El-Zein said she was pleased to be able to put her emergency “skills into action”.

“To receive an award for what we did is humbling and unexpected, the biggest reward for me however is meeting Mr and Mrs Davies again and seeing Alan looking so well,” she said.

Mr Davies’ family contacted the Royal Humane Society to show their appreciation for what the two off-duty nurses had done.

Presenting the certificate at the trust’s board meeting on 5 September, Mr Davies said: “I’m only too pleased to be here, presenting this award to Madeleine. I have no doubt that if it wasn’t for Madeleine, Tracy and John, I wouldn’t be here at all.”

Ms Jones will receive the same certificate in the near future, the trust said.

In order to qualify for a certificate, nominees must have made a significant contribution towards saving a life or attempted saving of a life.

The Royal Humane Society grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation.

The charity was founded in London in 1774 by two doctors, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan, who were keen to promote techniques of resuscitation.

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  • Well done Madeleine. All in a days work eh.

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