UK girl joins university next to hospital where she defeated cancer, her dad’s post goes viral

Sending their kids to college is indeed a very proud moment for any parent. But it was extra special for a British father when his daughter reached her dormitory, a few blocks from a hospital where she had once beaten cancer. When the emotional father shared the image online, it not only went viral, but also reunited the family with the nurse who once cared for the girl as a child.

Martin Dorey from Cornwall recently shared a photo of his daughter Maggie being accepted to the University of Bristol. The proud father clicked the young student against a window and said she could see Bristol Children’s Hospital from her new room. “Tears of joy,” the father added when he saw the hospital room where the girl had spent six months 17 years ago “fighting for her life against leukemia”.

Proud of how far his daughter had come, the father took the time to thank and thank the caregivers without whose help and care this day would not have been possible. “Thank you NHS,” he tweeted.

I dropped Maggie at the university in Bristol today. From her new room you can see the room at Bristol Children’s Hospital where she battled leukemia for 6 months before her life 17 years earlier.

Tears of joy.

Thank you NHS. pic.twitter.com/fvXXZ8Xu9t

— Martin Dorey (@campervanliving) September 23, 2021

The post caused many strangers to drop by to wish the girl the best of luck in her future endeavors. But things took a healthy turn when a woman named Charlotte Higby commented on the post, saying it gave her goosebumps. “As a nurse who looked after Maggie all these years, I can’t tell you how much this post means. Have fun Maggie!” Higby responded to the post.

Wow – that gives me goosebumps! As a nurse who looked after Maggie all those years ago, I can’t tell you how much this post means. Have fun Maggie!

— Charlotte Higby (@moleysoton1) September 24, 2021

Surprised by the unexpected comment, the father joined in to thank the nurse for the comment while asking if she was the same “Charlotte/Charlie team who intervened after an anaphylactic reaction to chemo”. He also shared another touching story that he had named his other daughter Charlie after the other caregiver.

Wow!! Me too. Thanks for your message… can I assume you are one of the Charlotte/Charlie team who intervened after an anaphylactic reaction to chemo… and thus gave my other daughter Charlie her name?

— Martin Dorey (@campervanliving) September 24, 2021

The nurse told how Maggie’s case has always been close to her heart and it was great to see her grow into a successful woman.

And I had no idea Charlie got her name like that, how beautiful ️

— Charlotte Higby (@moleysoton1) September 24, 2021

As a thank you note, the father shared a photo of his two daughters and asked her to pass the message on to the other nurse as well.

Yes that’s exactly why!!!! It reminds us of the things you both did!!! Until then, she would be Lily. She’s a much better Charlie/Charlotte!!! There they are!!! pic.twitter.com/qbloo6OEqq

— Martin Dorey (@campervanliving) September 24, 2021

Thank you. I’m so glad you got in touch. Also pass on my sincere thanks to Charlie!!! It all feels like yesterday, but of course the girls are all grown and it turned out fine for us.

— Martin Dorey (@campervanliving) September 24, 2021

The touching thread has left everyone online with tears in their eyes, with people joining in to share their own stories of how they, too, were grateful to all the medical professionals who cared for sick children and made them healthy again.

What an incredible thing to say. I send you lots of love, your daughter must have been very special

— Jane Haynes 🌈⚡️ (@JaneRockHouse) September 25, 2021

As the mother of a child who didn’t make it 20 years ago, that makes me so happy for you. Send the photo to her old department, the staff will love it.

— Isabella Hodge (@isabellahodge14) September 24, 2021

This is THE prettiest thread I’ve ever read on Twitter.

— Debs Frazer (@DebsFrazer) September 25, 2021

Welcome to Bristol Maggie. My boy at Bristol Children’s Hospital (or maybe Musgrove Park – he spent time in both) 26 years ago. This year he ran his first marathon in 3 hours 50. Great #NHS staff gave him that. pic.twitter.com/4cWMWR1UJD

— Martin Palmer (@bristolscouse) September 26, 2021

It was a good view 🥰 pic.twitter.com/umy2nq2Nyd

— Amy (@Goff_Moff) September 25, 2021

Tears flow! My 14 year old son has had two BMTs in Bristol aged 10 and 11. Despite a relapse he is doing well today. He talks about going to university in Bristol. I can only imagine how grateful you must feel today! Thanks for the hope this gives us too!

– Kathryn Harte (@katharte) September 26, 2021

As someone who also had EVERYTHING almost 10 years ago, this thread is probably the best thread I’ve ever seen on Twitter. I am often reminded of the people who didn’t make it and of all the doctors/nurses from @KingstonHospNHS who saved me and allowed me to meet my first child. Big love to everyone x

— Mike Campbell (@mikeybhoy10) September 25, 2021

My brother had leukemia when he was 4 years old and a bone marrow transplant when he was 7.
These were the 80s and they were so new that he had to go to @RoyalFreeNHS London for them.
He’s now 42 – and I’m eternally grateful to have him here!
Good luck to your daughter and Maggie ❤️#thankyouNHS

— Heather (@heather250503) September 25, 2021

The parents in this thread who have lost their own children but who are here, in love and joy for Maggie’s victory, have me in absolute floods.

Good luck sweet girl
️❤️❤️

— Femme Loves💚🤍💜 (@FemmeLoves) September 25, 2021

What a beautiful story that prompts me to share ours. Our oldest son was treated for ALL at Alder Hey in Liverpool between 2004-07. This is how he spent his 21st birthday raising money for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust: pic.twitter.com/Zccz2kI4Qg

— Richard Sandland 💙 (@RichardSandlan3) September 26, 2021

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