Patricia Dowdy, Stephen Hawking’s Nurse Was Not Qualified to Take Care of Him

The nurse who took care of Stephen Hawking was banned on Tuesday for failing to provide the care that Stephen Hawking actually needed and deserved. The NMC (which stands for Britain’s Nursing and Midwifery Council) took this decision at a hearing, where the 61-year-old Patricia Dowdy faced multiple charges of misconduct over the care she provided for the physicist. Stephen Hawking died last year. The woman is also charged with financial misconduct and with not providing the appropriate care, not even having the right qualifications for it.

Hawking ended up in a wheelchair, and he was almost completely paralyzed and not able to speak after he got diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21. We all know his trademark voice and it’s something we won’t forget soon.

NMC said they would take action

This is a very serious case – one in which a nurse has failed to do her job and has not been able to care for a man properly – they will take action, as the NMC said. They also said that they have remained close to the Hawking family and that they are grateful that the family has made the problem known.

Patricia Dowdy has been Hawking’s nurse for 15 years, and she has been suspended after she got reported by Hawking’s family.

At first, Hawking was given only a few years, but its condition, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS for short) stole his mobility gradually. In spite of the fact that he was sick, Hawking became one of the well-known scientists from the entire world.

His focus was on relativity, space and time, and the quantum theory. He tried to explain the creation of the universe and how it is “ruled.”

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Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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