'Special' Denbighshire nurse celebrates 50 years at NHS

Mair Dowell (l) and Paula Magill Image copyright Ceidiog

A Denbighshire nurse has celebrated half a century in the NHS with a woman whose life she helped to save 40 years ago.

Mair Dowell, 68, from Tremeirchion, nursed Paula Magill after she was knocked down on a zebra crossing in Rhyl in 1977, aged nine.

Ms Magill, now 47, was in a coma after suffering a fractured skull and her parents were told to expect the worst.

"Without her I probably wouldn't be here", Ms Magill said.

Mrs Dowell spent weeks caring for her in the intensive care unit at Prince Edward War Memorial Hospital in Rhyl and encouraged school friends to record messages to help bring her out of the coma.

'Special person'

"She's just an incredibly kind and special person who gives everything in what she does," said Ms Magill.

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The pair were reunited when Ms Magill from Kinmel Bay, Conwy county, began working as a clerical assistant in the X-ray department of Glan Clwyd Hospital where Mrs Dowell currently works as a patient liaison nurse in the emergency department.

Mrs Dowell said: "It was so lovely to see her recover. There's always a big fuss now whenever I see her or her mum.

"I've seen so many people come back from the brink and you have to think someone's looking after them."

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