Heartfelt tributes have been made to NHS Registered Nurse, Sophie Fagan, who came back to the frontline of the NHS from her retirement to help her colleagues in the fight against COVID-19.
Sophie started working at the Homerton Hospital in 1966, aged just 16 years old. She trained as a nurse and spent several decades at the east London hospital.
When Sophie saw the challenge facing her colleagues, she decided to come out of semi-retirement. She returned to the front line to assist her colleagues and to help save lives.
But Sophie ended up contracting COVID-19, and she succumbed to the disease three weeks ago, surrounded by her colleagues, who were also her dear friends.
Sophie was laid to rest yesterday. Her funeral procession passed by the Homerton Hospital so that her colleagues could say their final goodbyes.
One former colleague said:
“Sophie was such a character.
“You heard her before you saw her. I had the privilege of knowing her from the age of 6 to 37 and worked with her for seven years. RIP Sophie Fagan”.
A spokesperson for the Emergency Department at the Homerton Hospital said:
“It was a wonderful tribute to a well-loved and respected colleague. Thank you to her family for permitting us to share this moment. Our thoughts are with you and may Sohpie rest in peace”.
Another colleague added:
“She would have loved this send-off. So sorry to lose you, Sophie, thank you for all the good times”.
Over 200 healthcare workers have lost their lives to COVID-19.
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