The Queen comforts top British surgeon by letting him feed her dogs

Music 10/06/2016
Dr David Nott who was traumatised from working in war zones was comforted by Queen Elizabeth when she invited him to feed her pet corgis.

The surgeon was invited to attend a lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2014 - days after returning from Aleppo in Syria where he performed life-saving surgery on war victims.

Nott told the BBC that he could not speak when he met The Queen and she sensed something was wrong.

"I [had been] coping [in Syria] with children that were really badly damaged and she must have detected something significant. I didn't know what to say. It wasn't that I didn't want to speak to her - I just couldn't." the surgeon told journalists.

"She picked all this up and said, 'Well, shall I help you?' I thought, 'How on earth can the Queen help me?' All of a sudden the courtiers brought the corgis and the corgis went underneath the table. And so for 20 minutes during this lunch the Queen and I fed the dogs... You know the humanity of what she was doing was unbelievable."

During his programme Dr Nott also told how he was confronted by militants from Islamic State.

He is a consultant surgeon at Royal Marsden, St Mary's and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals in London and has volunteered in war zones for several months every year for 20 years.


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