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Nurse Who Helped Dying Coronavirus Pensioner Gifted A Car

Nurse Who Helped Dying Coronavirus Pensioner Gifted A Car

A nurse who helped a dying pensioner get to the hospital after they crashed into one another has been gifted a new car from a local dealership.

Lucy Duncan, from Wigan, had just finished a 12-hour shift when she was involved in an accident with a 73-year-old man, who told her that he had been self-isolating for 10 days after displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and was out getting supplies.

After calling for an ambulance, the 24-year-old accompanied the elderly man to hospital and said he had told her that he hadn't eaten for days. Sadly, the man later died.

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Since news of Lucy's heroics were revealed, a local dealership has gifted the caring mental health worker a car to use while hers is being mended.

Another business also offered to pay for the repairs and engineers at Body Shop Golborne said they will do the work free of charge.

Lucy was gifted a new car to use while hers is on the mend. Credit: BBC
Lucy was gifted a new car to use while hers is on the mend. Credit: BBC

And if that wasn't enough, heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua sent her a message, which was shown during the her interview on BBC Breakfast.

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He said: "You definitely showed compassion, you definitely showed bravery, so I want to congratulate you on that.

"Stay safe, and what you guys in the NHS are doing is unbelievable. Keep it going - you guys are the unsung heroes."

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Speaking about the crash, Lucy revealed that the man admitted he feared he may die if he didn't get to the shops and buy the essentials he needed.

She said: "He was in poor shape. He was also struggling to speak and breathe. He grabbed my arms and I leaned in to him and he said 'I'm sorry but I think I have coronavirus'.

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"He was really confused and drifting in and out of consciousness.

Anthony Joshua sent Lucy a message. Credit: PA
Anthony Joshua sent Lucy a message. Credit: PA
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"When he was alert he seemed more concerned for the car damage and reassured me that he had comprehensive insurance.

"I told him I was more worried about him than the cars and that he needed an ambulance. I went to my car and luckily had a mask with me but no further personal protection equipment.

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"He had gone out in his car to get some food and essentials, as he knew he would die without them. He said he didn't trust other people as there were a lot of horrible people in the world."

Lucy also said the man had asked her to help him find his son, who he hadn't spoken to in years.

She added: "He asked me if I would help him get in touch with his son... it is going to be something I am going to try my hardest to do for him."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: Science, Interesting, Coronavirus, Community, Health

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