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Nurses awarded for off duty life saving

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Two hospital nurses who gave life saving treatment to a patient while off duty have been recognised by the Royal Humane Society.

Madeleine El-Zein and Tracey Jones, both staff nurses at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, have both been awarded the society’s certificate of commendation for their actions.

Alan Davies collapsed while shopping in Plymouth city centre last December. Thanks to Ms El-Zein and Ms Jones’ efforts he was able to be resusciateted and was taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

Ms El-Zein was presented with her certificate at Plymouth Hospital Trust’s board meeting last week.

She said: As a nurse I have received training for emergency situations, wherever they may happen. I am pleased that I was able to put these skills into action and come to the assistance of Mr Davies.

“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”.

To be awarded the Certificate of Commendation, the nominee(s) must have made a significant contribution to the saving or attempted saving of a life.

Mr Davies’ family but their names forward to the Royal Humane Society to show their appreciation for what they had done.

At the presentation, Mr Davies expressed his gratitude saying: “I’m only too pleased to be here, presenting this award to Madeleine.

“The events of that day really showed me that a nurse never forgets her training, whether on or off duty. It’s almost unbelievable that the right people came along at the right time and I’m so grateful that they did”.

Tracy Jones will receive her Certificate of Commendation from Mr Davies at a later date.

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