A Filipina nurse was honored in Britain’s New Year Honors List for her role in treating victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack in 2017.
Joy Ongcachuy received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award, which is given to those with major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area, Manila Bulletin reported.
Along with 42 others, Ongcachuy, who has worked at The Royal London Hospital since 2002 as a scrub nurse and was promoted to lead nurse in 2017, was recognized by the Queen for her involvement in the aftermath of the terrorist attack two years ago.
On the evening of June 3, 2017, a terrorist plowed a vehicle into the crowd and stabbed pedestrians on London Bridge. Ongcachuy was among those who worked tirelessly to assist the injured while she was on night shift.
“I am glad I made the UK my home all those years ago – to be welcomed and recognized by Her Majesty is overwhelming, humbling and exciting all at once,” Ongcachuy said.
The Filipina also tended to the victims of another car-ramming attack a week later in Finsbury Park in London, where one died and nine were injured.
On Friday, British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce congratulated Ongachuy on her achievement.
“Many congratulations to Joy Ongcachuy for her richly deserved OBE in recognition for her work treating victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack in June 2017,” Pruce said.