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'We are family': quadruplet sisters - one a physio - follow mother's footsteps into NHS careers


Power Diary 3rd May 2022
Power Diary 3rd May 2022
Aneesha Mathew – one of four quadruplet sisters – began her physiotherapy career at Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust in Northamptonshire during the summer. She applied to join the trust as she was impressed by the supportive and varied programme it offers new graduates.
 
Not unusually, perhaps, Aneesha, 21, was inspired to become a healthcare professional after seeing how much a relative enoyed working in the NHS. In Aneesha's case it was the example set by her mother, Joby Shibu Mathew – who works as a nurse at at Ipswich Hospital's oncology department – that provided the spur.
 
What is unusual, however, is that Aneesha is one of four quadruplets – all of whom recently took up posts in the health service. Aneesha could be deemed to be something of an odd-one-out, however, as her three siblings – Aneetta, Anjel and Aleena – all graduated in nursing at the University of Suffolk, where their mother had studied before them. Aneesha's three sisters kicked off their fledgling careers at the Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.
 
Welcome to the NHS
 
Aneesha's career in the NHS began in an intensive care setting, where she donned full PPE. Though working in Kettering entailed being separated from her sisters for the first time, her employer is clearly very pleased to have her on board. An item about Aneesha and her family appears on the trust website. It states: 'Welcome Aneesha. It is so inspiring to see a family who are doing so much for the NHS.' 
 
I was attracted to physiotherapy because I wanted to help people recover and get them back to their lives [Aneesha Mathew]
Media interest
 
The family's story made national headlines in the Mirror earlier this year. Aneesha's father Shibu Mathew said: 'My wife has been the role model for our daughters. I am so proud of all of them.'
 
Aneesha told the newspaper that she and her non-identical sisters had shared an ambition to work for the NHS like their mother. She said: 'I was attracted to physiotherapy because I wanted to help people recover and get them back to their lives.'

Aneesha added: 'It is funny my sisters and I have gone into the same career, but I think we often try to be different and we seem to end up choosing the same thing. It happens with lots of things in our life.'

Power Diary 3rd May 2022
Power Diary 3rd May 2022
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