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GLASGOW NHS HEROES WIN SCOTTISH HEALTH AWARDS

November 12, 2005 12:01 AM

A pioneering prosthetics team in Glasgow has won a prestigious honour at this year's Scottish Health Awards for creating an artificial limb for a baby based on a toy doll's leg.

Kevin Murray and his team at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow won the Top Team Award, after a grateful grandmother nominated them for making and fitting her seven-month old granddaughter with an artificial leg.

The baby's family had been devastated when told she'd lost her left leg. As well as being traumatic, it also prevented the infant's development. But the team's inventive solution changed everything.

The baby should have received an artificial leg when she reached 15 months old but, as requested by her parents, a doll's leg was moulded to fit her as a baby, which allowed her to crawl.

The little girl started school in August this year, but the family has never forgotten the generosity and dedication shown by the team at the Southern General Hospital and describes Kevin Murray as their hero.

The child's grandmother added: "It was a miracle, we just could not believe it. The difference to her life and ours was just amazing. Kevin Murray is our hero and his team gave us hope when we had none."

Health heroes from NHS Greater Glasgow picked up a total five awards at the glittering ceremony in Edinburgh.

Nursing staff at a Paediatrics Special Care Baby Unit in the city were also recognised for the kindness and compassion they have shown a family during a difficult time.The team has won the Women and Children's Services Award, after a woman wrote to the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital to praise the nurses for the care that they gave her baby when he was born with a heart defect.

The nurses cared for the shocked couple as well as their baby, by ensuring that they looked after themselves and encouraged them to feed and clean the baby boy despite his fragile condition.They kept a special diary for the family and made Mothers Day a special occasion by making cards and photos.Sadly the baby died, but the family say they are indebted to the nurses for the special time they gave them with their son.

A long-standing nurse in the Springburn community is also a winner at the Scottish Health Awards.Sister Marie Addison has worked in the underprivileged area of Glasgow for over 25 years, dealing with highly demanding issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and child poverty.

Marie has a husband with diabetes and a child with epilepsy to care for, yet she remains devoted to her patients in the local community.She is respected and valued by people in the area. Sister Marie Addison was presented with the Unsung Heroes Award to celebrate her hard work and devotion to NHS Scotland.

Dr Gavin McCallum, a Consultant Anesthetist with the Chronic Pain Control Team at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, has also been honoured for his dedication at the Scottish Health Awards.He won the Doctors' Award, after a patient nominated him for transforming the quality of her life.

The woman was wheelchair bound and taking opiates long-term for pain which affected her physical health and general well being. After Dr McCallum's care she no longer needs her wheelchair and has even started to swim. She attributes the improvement in her life to the outstanding care, team work, dedication and unfailing drive of Dr McCallum.

Ambulance paramedic Stephen Hannah has been commended for 12 years of hard work and dedication with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Stephen is a paramedic on the Ambulance Service's Glasgow-based helicopter and is often faced with dangerous situations that require great skill and precision.To celebrate his invaluable contribution to NHS Scotland, the dad of two from Airdrie has won the Ambulance Team Award after being nominated by his wife, Karen.

Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, Sir John Arbuthnott, said: "I am incredibly proud of all the staff within NHS Greater Glasgow, and particularly so of those who have been successful in the Scottish Health Awards. It's a great testament to the work they do day in and day out, saving and enhancing lives, and it's particularly pleasing to see those achievements publicly recognised. Congratulations to them all!".

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