M4 crash pensioners’ emotional meeting with Swansea nurse who came to their …

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PENSIONERS injured in a bus crash on the M4 have had an emotional reunion with the off-duty health worker who tended to them at the scene.

They hugged and kissed “wonderful, beautiful” Sue Salvatore-Davies when they met her for the first time since January’s traumatic events.

Sue was travelling from her Porthcawl home to the Midlands to visit her dad when she saw the pile-up on the M4 near Cardiff.

The senior healthcare support worker at Morriston Hospital’s Ty Olwen hospice, who also works in Singleton Hospital, immediately pulled over to see what she could do to help.

After seeing to an injured woman in a car, Sue looked after those on the bus until the emergency services arrived – and afterwards, remaining there for more than three hours.

The collision involved four cars and a small coach taking a group of Maesteg pensioners to see a show in Cardiff.

Above: Sue Salvatore-Davies with some of the pensioners she helped, and Mayor Phil Jenkins.

Although it led to 28 people being taken to four different hospitals – almost half of them going to Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend – there were no life-threatening injuries.

The pensioners, many of them still not yet fully recovered, were reunited with Sue during a tea party in Maesteg.

It was held in Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Church and hosted by town mayor Phil Jenkins on behalf of the Catholic community.

One of the pensioners, 80-year-old Gladys Quirin, suffered head and other injuries, and recalls being in and out of consciousness after the crash.

“Sue was there, talking to me. She was beautiful. I cannot thank her enough for helping me. She kept talking to me. I felt comforted, having her there.”

Husband and wife Stan and Morwena Pearce were also on the bus.

Stan, aged 77, recalled how he panicked when he couldn’t find his wife before seeing Sue with her, putting a pillow under her head.

Meanwhile, 75-year-old Morwena’s memory immediately after the accident was of Sue holding her hand, telling her not to move.

Morwena, who is still receiving treatment for a fractured spine, said:

“Sue was wonderful, taking care of us all. She put a blanket over me to make sure I was warm because I was on the floor.

“She kept coming back to see if I was okay. She was just wonderful to everybody on the bus.”

Above: Sue Salvatore-Davies with Mayor Phil Jenkins

Morwena also paid tribute to the paramedics and emergency crews as well as hospital staff.

Sue didn’t leave until the last passenger was safely taken from the coach – more than three hours later. After that she continued on to Coventry.

Sue, from Porthcawl, was a district healthcare support worker with Marie Curie for 17 years. She has been with the hospital palliative care team, based in Ty Olwen, for the last three and a half years.

She said the reunion had been very moving.

“It was really nice, seeing everybody again. There was this instant warmth between us because I’d been with them at the most traumatic time in their lives – it was a privilege to be able to help them.

“They hadn’t forgotten me and I hadn’t forgotten them. I’ve been keeping in touch to make sure they were okay and it was so lovely to see them.”

Above: Sue with Morwena Pearce

Mayor Mr Jenkins said he had not known who Sue was until she responded to an open letter he wrote thanking the lady who spent hours at the scene.

“I decided that as mayor of Maesteg it would be nice to get in touch with all those involved and from that we arranged this event.

“Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully it wasn’t too much of a traumatic experience, reliving some of the nastier moments.

“Thankfully, they are all here with us and starting to recover. I’m grateful for that but I’m also very grateful to Sue for the amount of time she spent with them and her compassion and professionalism.”

Morriston Hospital

Article source: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/M4-crash-pensioners-emotional-meeting-Swansea/story-26457036-detail/story.html