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A tear-jerking video featuring a Queen Elizabeth Hospital frontline worker hugging her children after being separated from them during the pandemic has touched the hearts of thousands on social media.

Suzie Vaughan, 43,  surprised daughters Bella, 9, and Hettie, 7, after being apart for nine weeks.  

 An operating department practitioner at the King’s Lynn, Ms Vaughan had been relocated to work on wards with COVID-19 patients following the pandemic.

The children have been staying with Suzie’s sister Charlotte, who captured on video the moment they were reunited. The video has been seen by more than three million people after being posted on Twitter and has been retweeted by Pride of Britain, which celebrates the nation’s unsung heroes.

 Ms Vaughan said: “It was a difficult decision to make, but I wanted to keep the girls safe. I was able to put more hours in at work and help the patients who needed it most.

“It’s been a tough time being away from them, but seeing the girls again was the best feeling ever.”

  Ms Vaughan has worked at the Trust for more than three years and as an ODP for 22. She is usually based on the Arthur Levin Day Surgery Unit.

 Caroline Shaw, QEH chief executive, said: “Like many of our staff, Suzie has put the needs of her own family aside to help support our patients and our Trust.

 “Without the dedication of people like Suzie and the support of our local community we would not have got through the last few weeks so I want to say once again, thank you to our staff for everything, thank you to our local community for all the support and in particular thank you to Bella and Hettie for letting us borrow their mum – she has done an amazing job and we are so proud of her.”

Thank you letters are being sent to children whose parents have been working at the QEH during the pandemic by Trust chairman Professor Steve Barnett and Mrs Shaw.