6 Jul 2020

Kiwi nurse has cuppa with Boris Johnson

11:19 am on 6 July 2020

The New Zealand nurse among those credited with saving Boris Johnson's life has met the UK Prime Minister for a cup of tea.

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Photo: Twitter / @BorisJohnson

Johnson hosted New Zealand nurse Jenny McGee at Downing Street, as well as other medical professionals for tea in the garden of Downing Street to mark the 72nd anniversary of the United Kingdom's National Health Service.

After being released from hospital Johnson said two nurses - Jenny from Invercargill, New Zealand and Luis from Portugal - stood by his bedside for 48 hours at the most critical time.

He tweeted several photos of himself with staff from St Thomas' Hospital, who observed physical distancing.

The prime minister publicly thanked Invercargill-born McGee for being by his bedside while he battled the coronavirus earlier this year.

Johnson was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital and spent three nights receiving treatment in intensive care before being moved into a ward.

He was the first world leader to be hospitalised with Covid-19.

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