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Bury St Edmunds anaesthetist’s joy at reunion with sentimental ring after it was discovered at Royal Free Hospital, in London





A hospital anaesthetist has been reunited with her diamond ring after it was discovered more than 80 miles away in a set of scrubs

Radhika Ramasamy, a consultant anaesthetist at West Suffolk Foundation Trust (WSFT), in Bury St Edmunds, had put the ring in her scrubs pocket before giving a patient a spinal anaesthetic.

Five days later Suraj Shah, an anaesthetics registrar at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH), in London, discovered the piece of jewellery in his newly-laundered scrubs ahead of an ICU shift on December 19.

Suraj Shah, an anaesthetics registrar at the Royal Free Hospital in London, was alerted by a colleague of the ring clattering to the floor when he put on his scrubs for an ICU shift. Picture: Submitted
Suraj Shah, an anaesthetics registrar at the Royal Free Hospital in London, was alerted by a colleague of the ring clattering to the floor when he put on his scrubs for an ICU shift. Picture: Submitted

The facilities team at RFH then got into contact with its laundry firm and managed to match the ring to Ms Ramasamy.

Mr Shah said: “As I put the scrubs on something clattered to the floor and a colleague spotted the ring and alerted me.

“At first I thought maybe one of the nurses here had lost the ring and I put the word out through the nurse in charge. I checked with the doctors as well but got nothing, so I contacted our facilities team.

Radhika Ramasamy, a consultant anaesthetist with WSFT in Bury St Edmunds, had put the ring in her pocket before administering an anaesthetic to a patient. Picture: Submitted
Radhika Ramasamy, a consultant anaesthetist with WSFT in Bury St Edmunds, had put the ring in her pocket before administering an anaesthetic to a patient. Picture: Submitted

“I knew how downhearted my wife would be if she’d lost a ring that had sentimental value to her so that was in the back of my mind.”

Mr Shah said, with healthcare workers often removing personal items like rings for procedures, it was an easy mistake to make.

He added that it was nice to feel part of a ‘little mircale’ and was delighted the ring had been reunited with Ms Ramasamy.

Bury St Edmunds anaesthetist Ms Ramasamy's diamond ring, which she said was of sentimental value as it was a birthday present from her husband. Picture: Submitted
Bury St Edmunds anaesthetist Ms Ramasamy's diamond ring, which she said was of sentimental value as it was a birthday present from her husband. Picture: Submitted

The ring was a birthday present to the WSFT employee from her husband. Ms Ramasamy expressed her happiness at having it returned.

“It just shows how honest people are and I want to say a huge thank you to all the people involved,” she said.

“I know it’s been an incredible team effort and I am so appreciative of how so many people have gone the extra mile to track me down and return it to me.”