AN NHS frontline worker from Langholm has spoken of her joy over the recovery of a stroke patient she had been helping to treat.
Dawn Lamb is an advanced specialist physiotherapist in acute stroke and neuro-rehab at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
Dawn said her team was devastated when one of their stroke patients contracted COVID-19.
Paul Bainbridge, 60, was treated by Yogendra Jagatsinh, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at North Cumbria Integrated Care.
Paul had been receiving treatment on Elm A ward at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after suffering a stroke last year.
Dawn said: “I have worked as part of Paul’s team so it was hugely upsetting for us all when he fell ill.
“He battled on with such positivity; it has been amazing and humbling to see him recover and continue his rehabilitation.
“He is a huge Carlisle United fan and we all look forward to going to a game with him when things get back to normal.
“The team working during the COVID-19 pandemic has been fantastic and I admire every one of my colleagues. They work endlessly to meet the needs of patients.
“I will look back on this crisis with memories of excellent camaraderie and optimism,despite the very difficult times.
“I have been overwhelmed by the public support and appreciation for the NHS. The Thursday night clapping and pipe-playing in Langholm have been exceptional.”
Dr Jagatsinh said: “The staff were all devastated when Paul contracted COVID-19 because he is such a lovely person. We all shed tears because we have such a bond with him.
“We were unsure whether he would pull through and be able to fight the virus because he was previously on a ventilator but we battled on.
“We are absolutely delighted he improved and he’s back with us. It is an amazing outcome because he was so poorly and we didn’t think he would make it.
“He is thankful to everyone. He’s a fighter.
“He is such a lovely person and loves sport. Whenever we get time, we go and talk to him because he has a really bubbly personality.”