She upheld her Hippocratic Oath until her dying moment. Her dedication to others over rode her self interest until the very end.
London MET Police have released a statement on behalf of Kirsty Boden, who was knifed whilst helping the wounded in the ISIS inspired London Terror attack:
‘Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend,’ her family said in a statement.
‘She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.
‘As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.
‘We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was – not only on that night, but throughout all of her life.
‘Kirsty, we love you and we will miss you dearly.’
The Hippocratic Oath:
“I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:…
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can but I will always look for a path to a cure for all diseases.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”