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  • Dame Agnes Gwendoline Hunt DBE RRC is generally recognised as the first orthopaedic nurse. She was born in London, daughter and sixth of eleven children of Rowland Hunt of Boreatton Park, Baschurch, a village in west Shropshire, England, and his wife, Florence Marianne, eldest daughter of Richard Buckley Humfrey of Stoke Albany, Northamptonshire, England. Hunt was brought up at Boreatton Park until 1882, then at Kibworth Hall, Leicestershire before her widowed mother took the children to Australia where they lived on a small farmstead. She was disabled from osteomyelitis of the hip that she suffered from as a child following septicaemia. In 1887, she returned to England and began training as a "lady pupil" nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl, Wales. She opened a convalescent home, attached to the Salop Infirmary at Shrewsbury, for crippled children at Florence House in Baschurch in 1900 which espoused the theory of open-air treatment. In 1901, she sought treatment for her own condition from a Liverpool surgeon, Robert Jones. She invited him to visit the convalescent home and he eventually began travelling there on a regular basis to provide treatment to the children.

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