News ID: 275926
Published: 0822 GMT October 26, 2020

Student nurse starts work in cancer ward that treated her leukemia

Student nurse starts work in cancer ward that treated her leukemia
Abi had four rounds of chemotherapy in 2013.

A student nurse has started working on the same ward where she was treated for leukemia as a child and inspired to begin her career.

Abi Duffy decided she wanted to be a nurse after receiving chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s cancer ward in Liverpool, England, in 2013. She said the care she received from the nurses when she was 15 made her want to do the same thing for others, according to  

The 23-year-old started her degree in Pediatric Nursing at Liverpool’s Edge Hill University this year and had her first shift at the hospital.  

She said: “I can’t wait to start. I am very happy about it. 

“I want to be a nurse because I want to help other people the way the nurses helped me when I was diagnosed. 

“That’s where my heart lies and that’s the reason I decided to come into this career.  

“I feel so much gratitude toward the way I was treated. I feel part of the family.’ 

Abi was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2013 and had four rounds of chemotherapy before her brother Cairan donated his bone marrow and she received a transplant at Manchester Children’s Hospital.  

In July the same year she was given the all clear and officially came off cancer drugs in March last year. 

It was during this time that she received such memorable care that it made her pursue nursing.  

Abi’s mother Debbie Duffy told BBC Breakfast she was ‘proud’ of her daughter and said Alder Hey Children’s Hospital was their ‘second home’ for a year where ‘they were amazing’.

Abi’s tutor at Edge Hill University John Morgan said: “Now more than ever, the profession needs student nurses like Abi who demonstrate deep care and compassion and can understand the patients’ experience.”  

“It’s a testament to Abi’s character that after overcoming her own health challenges as a patient at Alder Hey, she is now returning as a student nurse to help others in that situation.” 

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