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Johnson and Symonds to praise NHS staff in first joint TV appearance

Written by on 30 October 2020

Boris Johnson and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, will praise NHS staff for their “courage and dedication” during the coronavirus pandemic in a message which will be broadcast on Sunday.

They will thank frontline workers for saving the prime minister’s life as he fought coronavirus, and for delivering their son.

The couple have nominated nurses Jenny McGee and Luis Pitarma – two of nurses who cared for Mr Johnson at St Thomas’ Hospital – and the maternity team who delivered their son Wilfred for Pride of Britain awards in a recording for the show.

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The couple named their son after doctors who helped treat the prime minister during his coronavirus battle

Ms Symonds said: “You continue to provide care for all of us in the very toughest of times and it’s because of you that not only is Boris still here, but that we are proud parents to our sweet baby boy.

“As a family we have so much to be thankful to the NHS for and we will never stop being grateful.”

The prime minister added: “Exactly right. So I want to pay thanks to the utterly brilliant team at St Thomas’ Hospital who saved my life.

“There were many of them, but I want to nominate two nurses in particular, Luis and Jenny.”

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Mr Johnson was treated in an intensive care unit at the hospital for COVID-19 in April.

Weeks later, the couple’s first child, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, was born at University College Hospital.

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Boris Johnson was admitted into intensive care for coronavirus in April

They named their child after Mr Johnson’s grandfather, Wilfred, and Ms Symonds’ grandfather, Lawrie.

Ms Symonds said he had also been named after the two doctors, Dr Nick Price and Professor Nick Hart, who saved Mr Johnson’s life when he was in intensive care with coronavirus.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also present a special recognition award to NHS staff during the show.

As government advisers at SAGE warn that the “reasonable worst-case scenario” for coronavirus cases and hospital admissions has been breached, the prime minister last appeared at Downing Street coronavirus briefing more than a week ago on 22 October.