Johnson commends two migrant nurses who saved his life

He thanked Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal.

Matt Bodell
12 April 2020
Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister spent around 4 days on intensive care due to COVID-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has commended the actions of two migrant NHS nurses who stood by his bedside “when things could go either way.”


Mr. Johnson, who has been battling¬†COVID-19 at St Thomas’ Hospital was discharged earlier today after spending around 4 days on Intensive Care.

In a statement, Mr. Johnson thanked all of the health care workers who provided him care during his stay, saying they “saving my life.”

10,612 people in the UK have now died from COVID-19.

He specifically thanked two migrant nurses; “I hope they won’t mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could go either way.


“They are Jenny from New Zealand, Invercargill on the south island to be exact, and Luis from Portugal -near Porto.

“And 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 they were caring and making the interventions I needed.

“So that is how I know that across this country, 24-hour a day, for every second and every hour there are hundreds of thousands of NHS staff who are acting with the same care and thought and precision as Jenny and Luis.

He went on to say; “This is why we will beat this Coronavirus and beat it together. We will win because our NHS is the beating heart of this country. It is the best of this country. It is unconquerable. It is powered by love.


Mr Johnson also thanked; Nick, Po Ling, Shannon, Emily, Angel, Connie, Becky, Rachel and Anne.

It is thought that around 40 health and social care workers have now lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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