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| Doctor who treated 7/7 bombing victims dies after blaze at her flat
Claire Sheppey, who was in hospital response team on day of London terror attacks in 2005, dies in hospital after Islington fire
Dr Claire Sheppey
‘An amazing woman and doctor’: Dr Claire Sheppey, who was a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at the Royal
Thursday 17 March 2016 17.36 GMT
A doctor who treated victims of the 2005 London bombings has died after a fire at her north London flat.
Dr Claire Sheppey was rescued by firefighters from her second-floor flat on Crowland Terrace in Islington early on Wednesday morning but later died in hospital.
People as far away as New Zealand have paid tribute to the children’s doctor, who was a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
Dr Jane McNeill, clinical director for preoperative medicine and consultant anaesthetist, said Sheppey was “a very valued colleague and important part of our department with a joie de vivre that will be so missed”.
McNeill said: “She loved her job ... and was dedicated to providing the best anaesthetic service she could for the children of east London and beyond.
“On her last on-call on Monday she dealt with some extremely unwell children calmly and expertly, her passion for her job not diminished since she was appointed.
“Personally, I will miss a great colleague but also a dear friend, who enriched the lives of so many around her, with her tales of her travels across the world and a passion for life in general. She was an amazing woman and doctor.”
Barts Health NHS trust was “completely devastated” and had received a multitude of messages of condolence, she added.
Sheppey had been in her role since 2004 and was part of the hospital’s response team during the London terror attacks on 7 July 2005. She had also been a tutor at the Royal College of Anaesthetists for six years.
Dr Liam Brennan, its president, said: “We are shocked to hear of the tragic death of our colleague Dr Claire Sheppey, who worked tirelessly on behalf of patients and trainee anaesthetists at the London hospital. She will be sadly missed.”
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters from Islington and nearby stations tackled the blaze for three hours before bringing it under control by 4.31am.
A spokesman for the London fire brigade said: “A woman has sadly died following a fire in a house converted into flats on Crowland Terrace in Islington.
“Firefighters brought the woman out of a second-floor flat. She was taken to hospital by London ambulance service crews where she later died. The fire badly damaged the second-floor flat and also spread to the third floor and roof.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.