The Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood helped an unwell nurse get back to her family in Southern India.
The hospice, which supports local people with life-limiting illness, helped Rini, a paediatric specialist nurse who came to the UK from Canada to work at Hillingdon Hospital.
Rini was sadly diagnosed with bowel cancer last spring and needed urgent surgery to remove the tumour.
The 32-year-old recovered well but, by August this year, she became unwell again and was in lots of pain.
She was transferred from Hillingdon Hospital to Michael Sobell Hospice so that they could improve her pain and also help her to get back to Kerala, Southern India, where her family live.
Once she was well enough, the hospice worked with a doctor from her Indian Orthodox Church in Hertfordshire and Catherine, an expert flight nurse, to make Rini’s wish come true.
The church raised the funds for the return and used their networks in Kerala to identify a hospital bed for Rini, whilst nurse Catherine kept the patient safe on her long journey home.
The role of the hospice team was to get Rini well enough to travel and to keep her spirits high – and she told them that’s exactly what they did, and she returned home safely last month.