The Long Road to Recovery – March 1939


Nancy Macleod from Nicolson Road, was only seven years old when, as she set off for home at the end of the school day, was mowed down by a motor lorry, and severely injured. Her memory of the event is still vivid. She was conscious throughout the accident and recalls being trapped under the lorry from the waist down. The police attended with other members of the public and they had to wind up the back of the lorry so they could free her. They then rushed her into the teachers Tea Room in the Matheson Hall buildings where they stemmed the bleeding whilst waiting for the ambulance. Nancy was not expected to survive albeit for the sheer dedication of the hospital staff, and on three occasions they considered amputating her right leg due to the severity of her injuries. Of course, back in 1939 they didn't have the blood transfusion service so after testing several members of the family to get a blood The long road to recovery – March 1939 match, her 15 year old brother was put in another bed next to her and transfusion was commenced over several days. Miraculously, Nancy pulled through and spent the next 2½ years in the Surgical Ward enduring many operations including skin grafting. The Children's Ward had not opened by then but Nancy was transferred into the Ward on the day the Children's Ward opened. After eventually being discharged from hospital she required to attend for further operations up to three times a year until she was 18 years old.

The doctors and nurses involved in her care at that time were Mr Jamieson and Mr Holdsworth, Sisters Gordon, McCallum, Kay Macleod and Matron Ross.

It goes to show, all those years ago, even without the technology they now have that they still maintained the skill and dedication to each and every patient and for that we remain forever thankful.

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