Helping hands for injured arms

A woman helped by two mysterious strangers after a bad accident has tracked down the people who selflessly came to her aid.

‘Lynn’ suffered injuries to both her arms after falling at a petrol station in July. Two off-duty nurses from Fiona Stanley Hospital immediately came to her aid. The nurses paid for Lynn’s fuel, moved her car, contacted her family, and drove her to the hospital to be treated.

Lynn was unable to remember the nurses’ names, but with the help of Fiona Stanley staff, reached out through Facebook and found the nurses who helped her.

Lynn and the nurses are planning to reunite soon.

Senior registered nurse Lisa Tilbury is one of the nurses who came to the rescue and says she is excited to meet her and see how she is doing.

Nurse Lisa Tilbury outside Fiona Stanley Hospital. Photo: Chloe Woods.

“She looked a little pale and her wrist was limp, so I helped her up, got her inside the petrol station and we worked from there,” she says.

“I didn’t expect any of this to be honest, it’s a surprise and it’s really nice for people to say ‘thank you’ for what we do.”

Lisa Tilbury shares her experience as a good Samaritan. Video: Chloe Woods.

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital group executive director Neil Doverty expressed his praise for the two nurses.

“I know that our selfless, compassionate staff help people in the community every day without seeking any recognition,” he says.

“Stories like Lynn’s make me proud of our staff who are true heroes in our community.”

CEO of the Australian College of Nursing Kylie Ward says while more recognition for our nurses is needed, the industry also needs to show their appreciation.

“What needs to be done by employers and governments is to improve gender equity and pay nurses their worth,” she says.

“Nurses are vitally important to the health and well-being of every person in Australia, and around the world.

“Health is a human right and nurses represent the best of humanity. Nursing isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are.

“Even on our days off, we cannot help but want to do what’s best for humanity.”

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