HILLINGDON medic Hina Pajwani has been reunited with her family just in time to spend their late father’s birthday together.

Hina’s mother, 65, has a health condition which puts her in a higher COVID risk group. So, to protect her mum, Hina, 25, lived in a hotel throughout the pandemic whilst working on the front line.

Each year on August 5, Hina and her mother and sister celebrate the life of their father, who died in 2006 in a road traffic collision.

This year, they were unsure whether they would be able to spend the day together.

Since lockdown began, more than 160 London Ambulance Service staff moved out of their family homes into temporary accommodation so they could stay on the front line.

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As life started to ease, Hina was able to go home and the family were reunited last week in time for dad’s birthday.

Hina joined the ambulance service less than a year ago. She said: “It has been quite a full-on year!

"I never would have expected the start of my career to be battling a global pandemic, but it has been great being able to help out in the fight against this virus.”

On the evening they were reunited, Hina’s mum made them a home-cooked meal and they spent the evening together – something they haven’t been able to do in over four months.