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West Mid Nurse Will Carry Olympic Torch
A NURSE who works tirelessly with street children in Africa has been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch.
Emma Harley, 27, an accident and emergency sister at West Middlesex University Hospital in Twickenham Road, Isleworth, takes a month of unpaid leave every summer to work as a nurse with HIV and AIDS affected communities in Kenya.
She said: "It is exciting. To begin with I was quite shocked I had been picked out of everybody.
"I had no idea and then I forgot about it until I heard in November that I had been selected. The organisers make you keep it a secret so I couldn't tell family and friends until Christmas."
The nurse runs medical clinics for the children, many of who have lost their parents to AIDS, and checks for infections and illnesses.
Miss Harley who has lived in Latymer Court, Hammersmith, for two years has two weddings to look forward to as well as the sporting honour.
She said: "My husband is Indian so we will have two weddings, the Indian one will go on for a few days so I have a jam packed summer."
She will be running through Westminster on July 26 and has already bought the torch.
She added: "I didn't get any tickets for the sports events so it will be exciting to take part in the relay especially as it's the day before the Olympics starts. It's really nice to have my work recognised."
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