Abbi Bow, a second-year medical student at the University of Bristol, was just 19 when she began working at one of the city’s hospitals on the Covid frontline.
“I realise it is a young age to see and work with people on the edge of life,” she said. “And I do think a lot about the patients I looked after who didn’t make it. I remember their names and faces. I don’t know if that will ever leave me. Sometimes I see a person in the street who looks like a patient that died and it hits you – you’re back there with them.”
But Bow turns this into a positive. “After I become a doctor I will have already been exposed to so much. Learning how to cope with this now will be a benefit in the long term.”
When they worked for their A-levels and dreamed of medical