A survivor of the London bombings on 7 July 2005 has returned to St Thomas’ Hospital to visit the staff who treated her 10 years ago.
Gill Hicks had both her legs amputated an over the course of three months learnt to walk again using prosthetic limbs.
“The staff who cared for me are gorgeous, wonderful people”
This week, accompanied by her two-year-old daughter Amelie, she visited Luke Ward where she had spent months recovering.
She was met there by nurse Lucy Ford, senior nursing assistant Fatima Eretusi and physiotherapist Matthew Fuller – all of whom were heavily involved in her care in 2005.
Ms Hicks also met Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, who was one of the first people she saw when she regained consciousness after sustaining her injuries.
Ms Hicks said: “The decisions made by the health professionals here determined my future. I wasn’t expected to survive when I was brought in, but three months later I walked out and started my second life.
“The staff who cared for me are gorgeous, wonderful people and I’ll always be grateful for what they did,” she added.
Dame Eileen said: “We were thrilled to welcome Gill back to St Thomas’ so that she could catch up with the staff who worked with her in 2005.”
She described 7 July 2005 as a “terrible day that none of us will ever forget”.
“To see a patient like Gill 10 years later, with all her optimism and enthusiasm for life after everything she’s been through, is absolutely inspirational,” she said.
Following her recovery, Ms Hicks established the charity MAD (Making a Difference) for Peace and works to encourage greater understanding and willingness to resolve conflict and division.
She moved back to her native Australia in 2013 and has been undertaking 10 challenges to mark 10 years since 7/7.
She returned to London to complete a fundraising abseil for Guy’s and St Thomas’ and to participate in events marking the anniversary of the terrorist attack that saw 52 people killed and more than 800 injured.