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Child cancer survivor working alongside nurse who saved her

A student who was inspired to become a nurse by the woman who saved her life has found herself training alongside the same woman.

When Clara Markiewicz was four she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia and given only a 50% chance of survival, but thanks to the care and treatment she received she overcame the deadly disease.

Clara Markiewicz suffered from leukaemia when she was four-years-old. Credit: Clara Markiewicz

Ms Markiewicz recounted how the nurses who treated her became her "friends" and "role models" after long periods spent on an isolation ward.

The care the 20-year-old received from the nurses influenced her to such an extent that becoming a nurse "was the only thing" she could see herself becoming when she grew up.

The 20-year-old followed her dreams and is now training to be a paediatric nurse in Southampton.

Clara Markiewicz was given only a 50% chance of survival. Credit: Clara Markiewicz

Just three days into a placement Ms Markiewicz recognised a familiar face: Kate Pye, one of the nurses who treated her as a child, and Ms Pye recognised her too.

Kate Pye plays with patient Clara Markiewicz while she is in hospital for treatment. Credit: Clara Markiewicz

Ms Pye said the fact that her former patient had decided to become a nurse was "inspirational".

She continued: "It was very emotional actually and it was lovely to see her, and the fact that she's come into children's nursing after what she's been through as a child, is just inspirational."