Trauma surgeon recognised at Daily Mail Health Hero of the Year awards

Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy, major trauma director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has been recognised at the Daily Mail’s Health Hero of the Year awards for his work in treating people injured in the major incidents that have taken place this year. He received his award from Prime Minister Theresa May.

Shehan was nominated by Stephen Lockwood who was seriously injured in the Westminster Bridge attack. Shehan was Stephen’s surgeon in the days that followed and has continued to support Stephen and his wife Cara since Stephen was discharged from hospital care.

Shehan said: “I see this as collective recognition for the absolute commitment that our Trust has shown this year to provide fantastic care to patients in often very challenging circumstances like the Grenfell Tower fire and the terrorist incidents we have faced.

“What makes this recognition so special is the fact that Stephen, despite continuing on the road to his own recovery following the Westminster Bridge attack, has chosen to make this nomination. I am very proud of the progress that Stephen and Cara have made so far and I wish them all the very best for 2018.”