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    Our Son Was Saved At Birth

    “Without the NHS we probably would never have had the chance to save our son at birth; thousands and thousands of pounds of care, for free – GOSH.”…

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    This Wonderful Healthy Boy

    “I wouldn’t have given birth in safety with amazing midwives, to this wonderful healthy boy who is now 20 years old….”…

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    I Would Worry

    “If my NHS was gone…I would worry for us….that’s all…”…

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    Calling Me At Just The Right Time

    “The doctors and nurses at the Royal Infirmary and then Canniesburn, Glasgow looked after my dying Dad, calling me at just the right time to say goodbye and watch his last pulse. Thank you.”…

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    The Kind, Non-Judgemental Face In My Time Of Need

    “Without the NHS I don’t think I would be here. I would never have had the support I needed to overcome the suicidal thoughts and feelings that overwhelmed me as a teenager. I wouldn’t be training now to follow in the footsteps of those that helped me to survive, to help others. The NHS is everything to me, it was the kind, non-judgemental face in my time of need and now it is my teacher, my career, my passion.”…

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    Concussion, Broken Hand, Dislocated Shoulder

    “Concussion, broken hand, dislocated shoulder, dental surgery, two blood transfusions and three babies. Without the NHS I dread to think where I would be. Long live the NHS!”…

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    Amazing Looking After My 2 Week Old Little Boy

    “The NHS was amazing when looking after my 2 week old little boy who had prolonged jaundice! They gave him every test going and even had leeds general on standby in case he needed liver treatment!  They organised vitamin prescriptions all we had to do was collect! They then contacted us daily to check progress! Just incredible!”…

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    My Mum Would Have Died Last Year

    “If it wasn’t for the NHS my mum would have died from lung cancer last year, her diagnosis knocked us all sideways but her consultant Julia King was amazing and would visit my mum on Dorcas Ward at Guys about 3 times a week, often late into the evening. She appeared to give everyone that care, amazing care all round. My mum means the world to me and I am grateful the NHS was there to save her.”…

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    Me And My Girl Wouldn’t Be Here

    “Without the NHS me & my girl wouldn’t be here after an awful labour ending in emergency section- no amount of money can pay for that.”…

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    Amazing Care I Received During A 38-hour Labour

    “No NHS would have meant that we wouldn’t have our daughter – from the IVF we received after 5 years of trying for a baby, through to the amazing care I received during a 38-hour labour with an emergency forceps delivery and all the aftercare too including counselling for post natal depression – all due to wonderful NHS staff. Thank you.”…

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    Anaphylactic Shock After An Insect Bite

    “I would have died when I went into anaphylactic shock after an insect bite – thanks to the NHS I got to grow up, go to university, marry the man of my dreams and study for a career I love.”…

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    All Of My Beautiful Nieces And Nephews Might Not Be Here

    “Without the NHS, all my beautiful nieces and nephews might not be here. Each of them has been helped along their way at some point. I’d hate for them to grow up without the knowledge that the NHS is there if they need it.”…

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    Both Myself And My Daughter Would Have Died

    “Both myself and my daughter would have died; luckily we had an amazing team of doctors and nurses who saved us and then looked after my baby in the neonatal unit until she was strong enough to come home.”…

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    I’ll Always Be Grateful

    “I can’t give birth naturally due to a tilted uterus, without the NHS I wouldn’t of been able to have emergency c-sections to deliver my three healthy children- I’ll always be grateful.”…

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    Pin In My Broken Arm

    “Had a doctor pin my broken arm after playing football- amazingly short recovery with NHS physio.”…

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    By My Side When My Daughter Went Into Distress

    “The team at the Homerton Hospital who supported me through my whole pregnancy and then 32 hrs of labour, who were by my side when my unborn daughter went into distress and then delivered her exhausted, tiny body into my arms while they stopped me haemorrhaging – world class care in a bursting city hospital with no bill at the end.”…

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    Life Without It Is A VERY Scary Disconcerting Thought

    “If the NHS was gone I wouldn’t have 2 happy and healthy babies who were delivered and cared for by nurses and doctors, survived a fair few traumatic hospital experiences incl febrile convulsions (10mths), paraflu (6 weeks) and many more bumps and grazes…life without it is a VERY scary disconcerting thought.”…

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    To Operate Unburdened By A Focus On Money

    “I have been privileged to work in one of the few remaining areas of employment in which I am allowed to operate unburdened by a focus on money and cold financial targets; and in doing so I have benefitted personally from the compassionate and more human work environment this creates while also being able to provide a high standard of care for patients on the basis of their clinical need rather than their bank balance.”…

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    His Life Was Saved

    “My bestest friend was in the advanced stages of hiv and had pneumonia. His life was saved by the NHS and he is now well with the same life expectancy as me.”…

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    My Niece Would Not Have Been Born Without It

    “My sister and I both work for the NHS as did my father and uncle (inter generational). My niece also in the picture a fantastic, socially committed young woman would not have been born without it.”…

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    She Is A Breast Cancer Survivor

    “If the NHS was gone my sister wouldn’t be here…she is a breast cancer survivor!!!!  Thank you our wonderful NHS.”…

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    They Got To Meet Each Other!

    “The same day my son was born, my 98 year old granny fell and broke her hip, thanks to the NHS they got to meet each other.”…

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    Grateful For Patients I Have Cared For

    “I would be most grateful for the patients I have cared for at the most vulnerable times in their lives & the colleagues who have supported me through it: I have been so privileged to work for it.”…

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    The Most Beautiful Light In My Life Might Never Have Been

    “If my NHS was gone, my son, the most beautiful light in my world might not ever have been and our lives would have shattered forever on that day: he was born via emergency c-section; I still remember the surgeon running with me on the hospital trolley saying ‘we don’t have time to make this tidy’ – that same surgeon sat with me, holding him long after her shift was finished.”…

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    For The Two Knee MRI’s

    “I am most grateful for the two knee MRIs and my copper IUD (coil) – as well as the sexual health checks over the years.”…

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    My Voice Preserved For Singing

    “When I had an expert surgeon remove the enormous and incredibly painful stone that had grown in my salivary gland, whilst avoiding all nerve damage and thus preserving my voice for singing, speaking and teaching.”…

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    Chopped The End Of My Finger Off

    “Recently I was most grateful for the NHS when I chopped the end of my finger off, everyone who helped me was amazing throughout, and the end of my finger is fine again now.”…

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    We Still Have Our Big Sister!

    “Diagnosed with breast cancer aged 33, she’s ALIVE aged 37 – after surgery, radiotherapy, 6 lots of chemotherapy, fertility treatment and counselling, and we still have our big sister!!!”…

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