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Children’s hospice nurses commended for treating stab victim

Two hospice nurses have been commended for coming to the aid of a woman who had been stabbed in a knife attack.

Two hospice nurses have been commended for coming to the aid of a woman who had been stabbed in a knife attack.

Rachel O’Gara, Elizabeth Ackie, Helen Sibley, Sarah Sogeler, Sandi Hillery
Children’s hospice staff (left to right) Rachel O’Gara, Elizabeth Ackie, Helen Sibley, Sarah Sogeler and Sandi Hillery were commended for their actions following the stabbing of Rani Chandi last May

The nurses are among five members of staff at Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice care to receive police commendations for their actions following the stabbing in Hampton, Middlesex, last May.

Shooting Star House lead nurse Sarah Sogeler and nurse Rachel O’Gara were praised for providing treatment to Rani Chandi, who sustained two stab wounds to the back.

‘As nurses, it’s part of our conduct to care for someone who is injured. It’s what we are trained to do. However, it is really nice of the police to thank us for this,’ said Ms Sogeler.

The pair were waiting to greet bereaved families who were arriving for a ‘memory day’ when they heard a disturbance at a nearby supermarket car park.

Then they saw a colleague, head of care Sandi Hillery, running towards them with Ms Chandi.

‘Rani was inconsolable, distressed and screaming. “He stabbed me, he stabbed me. I’m going to die”, she said.

Injuries

‘There was a lot of blood on her back, but we did not know at that time how many times she had been stabbed or how badly.’

The nurses took Ms Chandi inside the building and sought to stem her injuries, initially using tissues – the first available items – then a first aid kit.

Ms O’Gara said: ‘Rani was scared, so a lot of our role was reassuring her that she would be okay and was not going to die.’

An ambulance then arrived and took Ms Chandi to hospital.

Ms O’Gara added: ‘It is a real honour to be recognised for what we did, but we feel a bit strange about it because it’s our job.’

Ms Chandi said: ‘I can’t express how eternally grateful I am to them and everyone at Shooting Star House for rescuing me from a truly traumatic situation.

‘Their kindness and bravery on that day means everything, and I feel lucky to have had such amazing people nearby and willing to help.’

Commendation

Hospice staff then continued with the memory day for families and have kept in touch with Ms Chandi.

Ms Hillery, the hospice’s director of care Helen Sibley and care administration team leader Elizabeth Ackie also received commendations from the Metropolitan Police.

In November 2016, Ethem Orhon, of Hampton, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Read more about the hospice here


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