Two graduates from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine have been awarded the Freedom of the City of London after they were nominated by a grateful patient whom they had been giving osteopathic treatment to as part of their training.
James di Cicco and Chris Mapp were nominated for the honour as fourth year students by a patient whom they were treating for shoulder problems at BCOM’s Teaching Clinic. James said: “When I was given the letter from the patient explaining what he had nominated me for I was very touched. It’s always nice to receive gifts from patients as it makes you feel like you’ve really made a difference to their life but this felt extra special. The gentleman was a real character and we bonded very quickly over the period of time that I treated him, but I never expected anything like this.”
Chris Mapp also treated the patient who responded well to the osteopathic treatment he received at BCOM. Chris said: “I was able to discharge him as we had resolved his problem. He was sincerely grateful and wanted to give us something that we could use for the rest of our lives as he felt we had been able to change his for the better, as he was initially in quite a lot of discomfort. We used to have many stimulating conversations along the way and James is certainly correct in describing him as a ‘character’, I would be tempted to say humorously mischievous in and around the clinic!”
James and Chris are in prestigious company as the honour has been awarded to individuals including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana. Granting of the Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today and is believed to date back to 1237. Traditionally there are a number of rights allowed to ‘freemen’ including the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge!
The ceremony where James and Chris will receive their awards will be at the Guildhall in London on Friday, March 21.
“When I was given the letter from the patient explaining what he had nominated me for I was very touched. It’s always nice to receive gifts from patients as it makes you feel like you’ve really made a difference to their life but this felt extra special." James di Cicco