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Heroic St Bartholomew's nurse saves a life in a race against time

It’s not every day you save someone’s life after running a 10k and the person whose life you saved ends up recovering on the hospital ward on which you work.

But for Suksung Lee, a hero Staff Nurse on ward 3A West at St Bartholomew's Hospital, that’s exactly what happened last weekend.

After completing the London Pride Run 10K on Saturday 10 August, Suksung noticed a fellow runner collapsed at the finish line and immediately started CPR.

Amazingly, 42 year old Richard Simmonds from Bloomsbury in London, was successfully resuscitated and transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in a stable condition and admitted to 3A West where he remained as an inpatient until he was discharged a few days later.

Suksung, who works on ward 3A, came in to introduce himself to Richard and see how he was doing.

Richard and his family were hugely grateful and moved, as were all the staff on 3A.

Suksung Lee, the man of the hour, absolute hero and Staff Nurse on 3A said: “At first, I thought he was just having a rest because some runners lie down like that after a run, but I soon realised something was wrong and I started CPR. Fellow runners, including an anaesthetist, joined in and helped – it wasn’t just me!”

“It was really good to see Richard recovering so well on my ward, 3A. I’m pleased he’s doing so well!”

“This was my first time ever giving CPR, and it seems it wasn’t that bad!”

Before being discharged on Wednesday, Richard said:Words cannot describe how eternally grateful I am to Suksung for spotting me after such an endurance and saving my life. He is a true wonder and it amazes me still that he was able to act so rapidly.

“I’m so pleased to say that the wonderful staff at St Bartholomew’s have performed similar miracles on me, and I can leave St Bartholomew’s today a new man. I wish Suksung every success in life – he richly deserves it - as well as the adoration from this amazing hospital.”

Richard also left his race medal behind on the ward, with a note to Suksung saying: “I know we lost our medals in the melee, but I want you to have the one I was handed as you are truly deserving of it. A tiny token I know, but hopefully one you can look upon with ‘Pride’.”

You’re a true hero Suksung Lee – well done! We’re all hugely proud of you.


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  1. Erin Yau Friday, 16 August 2019 at 01:09 PM

    Awesome save Suksung, well done!

  2. CarlaMarie MAGNO Friday, 16 August 2019 at 02:22 PM

    Awesome! What an inspiration!

  3. Rachel Nganjo Friday, 16 August 2019 at 02:58 PM

    Well done Suksung our super hero! You really saved a life.

  4. Marjorie Nakiryowa Friday, 16 August 2019 at 03:08 PM

    Well done Suksung

  5. Tereseeta Naraine Saturday, 17 August 2019 at 01:29 AM

    Well done.. You are a true hero.

  6. ICU Nurse Sunday, 18 August 2019 at 04:42 PM

    This is one achievement you can be very proud of Suksung! Congratulations and the Barts family is very proud of you!!!

  7. Karen Pannell Monday, 19 August 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Amazing Suksung you are a Barts Hero we are all proud of you and honoured to be working with such a wonderful nurse.

  8. Kirsi Gran Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 01:17 PM

    Well done. Amazing beautiful story to tell.

  9. Serena Kortu Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 07:49 AM

    well done Suksung Lee!

  10. Xose Couto-Parada Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 04:33 PM

    Well done Suksung,
    that is a great reason to be proud!

  11. Paula Martinez Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 01:57 PM

    What a lovely story! Well done Suksung! :)