Father pays tribute to ‘angelic’ Sheffield doctor who saved his daughters life

24 March 2022

A Sheffield father has spoken of his gratitude to a brain cancer specialist who unexpectedly died earlier this month.

Dr Mary Gerrard passed away suddenly at her home on 7th March. She spent over 30 years working at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and specialised as a baby cancer oncologist , leaving a lasting impression on many patients and families.

Pete Flood,52, whose daughter was under her care said: “It was a horrendous time for us all but Mary had this natural ability to convince you not to worry and that everything would be okay”.

She was much loved by colleagues and patients alike and came to national prominence after appearing in the 1980’s BBC documentary series In the hospital.

She was also highly regarded in her field , winning plaudits for her work in pioneering revolutionary new cancer treatments and research , having the honour of speaking at medical conferences across the world.

Mr. Flood has described Dr Gerrard as an ‘angel’  who supported the family throughout their daughters ordeal.

He said: “Mary was an amazing woman who will be sadly missed and will always have a place in my heart and , I’m sure , the hearts of many others”.

Pete’s daughter is now 26 and living a happy and healthy life in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

His story if just one of many tributes have been pouring in on Facebook in recent days.

One user said: “This is a very sad loss of an outstanding woman”.

Another said: “She was a fantastic doctor , always caring and she loved her patients. A sad loss”.

Dr Gerrard’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday 25th) at Aston Hall Hotel and she will be buried at the South Yorkshire Woodland Burial Ground. It will also be streamed online. You can watch it here from 2pm tomorrow.

 

 

Written by Liam Fitzpatrick

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