Sacked nurse who helped 'abandoned' child plans legal appeal

A nurse who lost her job after helping an apparently abandoned child is taking her fight to the Court of Session.

Nicola Cheyne, 41, was also suspended from the nursing profession after helping a youngster who was running about on a busy Aberdeen road.

But now, following a significant public outcry in response to the news of her dismissal by NHS Grampian, she has joined forces with Scottish solicitors, Drummond Miller, to be reinstated as a nurse.

Cameron Fyfe, a consultant with the legal firm, told STV News on Wednesday he believed Ms Cheyne had an excellent chance of winning her case whenever it was heard.

He said: "We are in the process of applying for legal aid and lodging an appeal with the Court of Session. There are good grounds for an appeal.

"The general rule is that a person can interfere if it is reasonable and necessary. I think Ms Cheyne did exactly the right thing and there is a good prospect of success in this case."

A petition has already been set up to reinstate Ms Cheyne, a mother-of-three, who formerly worked at the Garthdee Medical Practice in Aberdeen.

The nurse hit the headlines after deciding to take the little boy, who had been jumping in and out of a parked car, to her next appointment. She left a note on the car windscreen, letting the child's parents know he was safe.

But, despite subsequently being thanked by the boy's father, Ms Cheyne was later sacked from her post and an investigation was launched by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

She has insisted she did nothing wrong and has received substantial public support.

Ms Cheyne said on Tuesday: "I want to thank everyone for their kind words and encouragement. It has been completely overwhelming. It has given me the confidence to continue fighting this. I'm not going to give up."

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