An off-duty nurse who helped a dying pensioner showing signs of coronavirus after he crashed into her car has been given a new one after a flood of support from the local community.

The man, 73, crashed into Lucy Duncan, 24, as she drove home from a 12-hour shift at Wigan Infirmary. He explained to her that he had been self-isolating and had not eaten a thing for seven to 10 days.

Lucy, of Wigan, phoned 999 and waited with the man, who had grabbed her arm in desperation before telling her he feared he had coronavirus. She said: ‘He had beads of sweat dripping down his face. He was struggling to take a breath.’

She suffered damage to her car in the crash but drove behind the ambulance and stayed in hospital with the man while he underwent tests, before being told to head home by staff. She was later told the man had died.

Lucy’s act of kindness was widely reported and caught the attention of a number of local businesses who got in touch with offers of help.

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Today, the nurse appeared on BBC Breakfast where she was presented with a new car supplied by a local dealer for her to use while her own is out of action.

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According to Wigan Today, a local events organiser offered to pay for the parts for her own car to be repaired, and a garage, Body Shop Golborne, will perform the work for free.

Meanwhile, friends, family and neighbours have been dropping off groceries and treats at her front door as she self-isolates following her encounter with the pensioner.

One of those messages came from boxer Anthony Joshua, who told her: ‘You definitely showed compassion, you definitely showed bravery, so I want to congratulate you on that.

‘Stay safe and what you guys in the NHS are doing is unbelievable. Keep it going – you guys are the unsung heroes.’

Lucy said that when she found the man, he was slumped over his steering wheel and having trouble breathing after the crash last week.

He told her he had not been able to eat while in isolation as he had no friends or family to do his shopping for him.

She told BBC News today: ‘The man was so grateful that I stayed with him and kept squeezing my hand and pulling it close to him.’

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