Our Nurse of the Week is Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old nurse who was killed during the London terrorist attack earlier this month as she ran towards danger in an effort to help people on the bridge. Boden was from Australia and had been living and working in London as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital where her colleagues described her as an “outstanding nurse” and a “one in a million” member of staff “who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care,” as reported by NBCNews.com.
“Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.”
Boden was the second victim identified by authorities after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before proceeding on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. Seven people were killed and dozens injured. In a statement to London’s Metropolitan Police, Boden’s family said: “As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.”
According to People.com, Danny Mortimer, an executive with the National Health Service, also released a commemorative statement: “It is truly humbling that bright, hard-working people like Kirsty were brave enough to run towards danger in aid of victims lying helpless on the bridge following such a barbaric attack.”