A nurse on a mission

A nurse on a mission

 

S7_Graduate_Jenny_LondonIn 2009, Jenny London, from the LC Year of 1964, received the Margaret Watson Memorial Award for Personal Achievement from her OGU. Jenny was honoured for her outstanding commitment to helping young people with intellectual disabilities during her 40-year career in disability support. Her remarkable journey was set in motion by an incident she witnessed while she was a trainee nurse. …

… Jenny’s personal life held the promise of happiness and financial security when she married a young medical doctor soon after she had completed her nursing training at Mona Vale Hospital. After their honeymoon in Hong Kong, he returned to the second half of his 12-months posting as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps in Vietnam. Jenny went back to Australia to complete midwifery at Royal Paddington Hospital for Women and ‘to get ready to live our fabulous life together’. When he returned from Vietnam, they both continued their studies; her husband qualified as an anaesthetist and intensive care specialist.

But the bright young doctor she had married was never the same person again; the jungle warfare experiences in Vietnam had traumatised him, both physically and emotionally. He had also been exposed to toxic chemicals and used to tell Jenny how planes flew overhead, spraying Agent Orange; how men covered their tea mugs with their hands in their attempts to avoid the poison. …