Louise Thompsonhas shared a lengthy Instagram post thanking NHS workers for their hard work — in particular those who cared for her after the birth of her son, Leo.
Former Made in Chelsea star Louise, 31, announced the arrival of Leo last week, where she revealed that he'd been born five weeks prior, but that the pair had since spent time in intensive care.
While baby Leo, whom Louise shares with her fiancé Ryan Libbey, made a reasonably speedy recovery, Louise remained in hospital for several weeks and wasonly discharged on Thursday 23 December, just in time for Christmas.
Since then, Louise has spoken candidly about her near-death experiences — as the new mother is thought to have “danced with death twice” — and reflected on how short life can be, as well as thinking about the hard working NHS staff that keep going over the festive period.
Sharing a photo of herself in hospital while wrapped in a blanket and wearing a face mask, Louise wrote on Boxing Day: “We all did Covid tests ahead of Christmas Day because a few of our family members are particularly vulnerable (myself included) and it turns out that two people were positive so our plans have been scuppered.
“It certainly wasn’t the Christmas that we had planned, but then again neither were the last three and I’m still feeling overwhelmingly blessed to be at home and in my little bubble.”
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Louise went on: “My experience has got me thinking a lot about this time of the year, especially thinking about all those people that work on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve etc. Those are days that most people spend celebrating at home with friends/family/loved ones, but others make a sacrifice for the greater good.
“It is a necessary sacrifice, but not everyone could do it. A 12 hour shift all through the day or night is admirable on a regular day, let alone on Christmas Day or tonight. I guess I think about it a lot more now because I know and care about a bunch of the ladies who have committed to working today but also because one of my ongoing fears is ending up in the back of an ambulance on an evening where they might be short staffed. Honestly where would we be without the NHS? I know where I would be.”
The new mum went on to speak of her intentions of handing out cards and gifts to the “amazing ladies” who cared for her, but was advised by the hospital not to in light of the recent coronavirus spikes across the country.
Following this, Louise said of the women who looked after her: “I will find a way to say thank you soon.”
She continued: “For now I want to say a big thank you to anyone who happens to be reading this who works for our NHS.
“I want to thank the room full of people who worked through the night to save my life. Many of them were called in from their family homes at an unearthly hour."
“I met a lot of people with A LOT of different roles and every single person is a crucial part in the cog," she added.
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