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London Blitz survivor returns to Royal London Hospital after 70 years

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:57 05 October 2010

A 95-YEAR-old who was hurt during the London Blitz will be returning to the hospital where she was treated today. Doris Leci will be visiting the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for the first time since she was a casualty there 70 years ago. And t

A 95-YEAR-old who was hurt during the London Blitz will be returning to the hospital where she was treated today.

Doris Leci will be visiting the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for the first time since she was a casualty there 70 years ago.

And the World War Two survivor will be donating a photo to the hospital's museum, which staff gave to her when she left.

Mrs Leci was one of only three people who survived a bomb attack on her father's East End factory that killed 20 people.

She was 25-years-old at the time and was taken straight to the Royal London where she soon befriended the staff.

She said: "My husband visited me in hospital each day and on his way through Covent Garden he would pick me some flowers.

"Each morning when my consultant came to check on me, I would give him one of these flowers to wear in his button hole throughout the day.

"When I was released from hospital, my consultant gave me a photograph of himself and other staff.

"I've kept that photo for 70 years but am now donating it to the museum as an important reminder of the brave work of the staff who worked there during the Blitz."

Mrs Leci will be meeting with Director of Trauma, Mike Walsh to hand over the photo which features the staff in the 1940s wearing a stethoscope they used to check if bombs that had fallen within the hospital grounds were live or not.

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