Yesterday Boris Johnson specifically thanked Jenny McGee and Luis Pitarma for standing by his bedside “when things could have gone either way”. Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gave Mr Pitarma special recognition for his work and vigilance in caring for Mr Johnson. The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern revealed she had sent Ms McGee a message on Facebook and is waiting for a response.
Sky News Correspondent Enda Brady said it was not just Boris Johnson who had singled out the two nurses.
Mr Brady said: “The leaders of their own countries have joined in as well.
“We know that Jenny from Invercargill is Jenny McGee, 35 years of age from Invercargill, the southernmost tip of the South Island.
“She has worked in London for 9 years.
“The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that she has tried to find her on Facebook and sent a message.
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Boris Johnson specifically thanked Jenny McGee and Luis Pitarma for standing by his bedside
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“She hasn’t got any word back yet because of course, Jenny is still working very hard at St Thomas’ hospital in central London where she came into contact with the Prime Minister.
“Her colleague Luis Pitarma is 29 years of age, he has worked in the UK for 6 years. He is from just outside of Porto.
“We also have some words through from the Portuguese President.”
Marcello Rebelo de Sousa said: “The President underlines the special recognition presented today by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the Portuguese nurse Luis Pitarma for his work and vigilance during hospitalisation in intensive care.”
Yesterday Mr Johnson took to Twitter to thank the NHS staff that provided him with care and support.
The Prime Minister tweeted: “It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life. The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past.”
Mr Johnson said in a video he posted on Twitter: “I want to pay my own thanks to the utterly brilliant doctors, leaders in their fields, who took some crucial decisions a few days ago which I will be grateful for the rest of my life.
“I want to thank the many nurses, men and women, whose care has been astonishing.
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“I am going to forget some names so please forgive me.
“I want to thank Po Ling, Shannon, Emily, Angel, Connie, Becky, Rachel, Nicky and Ann.
“I hope they won’t mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way.
“They are Jenny from New Zealand, Invercargill on the South Island to be exact and Luis from Portugal near Porto.
“The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and caring and making the interventions I needed.”