Polly Amanda James

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:481
  1. Matt Bull

    Polly Amanda James was a truly remarkable girl whose big smile, curly hair, generosity, loyalty, and practical intelligence benefited all those who were lucky enough to know her. She grew up in Oxfordshire and Abu Dhabi and was educated at Oxford High School for Girls. She impressed all her peers at Manchester Medical School with her effortless grasp of complex problems and she made many friends. While on elective in Fiji, Polly finally accepted the advances of Matt and they were married in 2001. After house jobs at North Manchester General Hospital and an accident and emergency job in Lancaster they spent a blissful year living and working in Perth, Western Australia. On their return, Polly joined the South Thames anaesthetic rotation and set up home in Tunbridge Wells. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and endured a year of intensive treatment. She returned to work part time as a specialist registrar at King's College Hospital, London, but one week before sitting her final FRCA she was diagnosed with a recurrence of her disease. Polly faced her prognosis stoically and sat and passed the exam, going on to pass her viva in between doses of radiotherapy. Throughout her illness Polly remained positive and was never self pitying, which made it easier for her loved ones. Polly endeavoured to be the best auntie in the world and her nephews and niece (as well as Tess, her dog) were a constant source of delight to her. She died at home with Matt and her family and will never be forgotten. She leaves a husband, Matt.


    • Anaesthetic specialist registrar (b 1972; q Manchester 1996; FRCA), died from breast cancer, aged 34, on 18 December 2006.

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