Queen Elizabeth's doctor dies after being hit by a lorry while cycling in London
Dr. Peter Fisher died after his collision on Wednesday morning, minutes away from the hospital where he worked as a director of research at the Royal London Hospital
A cyclist died after he was hit by a lorry in London on Wednesday. It has now been revealed that the cyclist was Dr. Peter Fisher, Queen Elizabeth II's 'homeopathy physician', according to Daily Mail.
As per reports, people at the scene battled in vain to save Dr. Peter Fisher after his collision on Wednesday morning, minutes away from the hospital where he worked as a director of research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. Eyewitnesses at the scene revealed that medics desperately gave the 67-year-old CPR both before and after he was pulled from underneath the front wheel of the lorry.
Fisher was a homeopathic physician who served the Queen for almost 15 years as a member of the royal medical household and, as per the publication, Her Majesty has been informed of the medical practitioner's demise.
Fisher has become the eighth cyclist to be killed in London this year, and also the fifth to die after a collision with a lorry. Angie Bozianu, who is also the manager of the Princess Louise pub, said: "I was sleeping and I heard screaming — a lady was screaming and it wasn't good. The second I looked out of my window, I saw a man under the wheel. He wasn't moving. The wheel was over his side."
She added, "People were gathering around him, they tried to give him first aid and CPR and, between five to 10 minutes later, the ambulance came. They tried to CPR and managed to pull him out and again gave him CPR for half an hour or maybe more. I looked away, but when I looked back he was on the side, covered. I've never seen him before, I assumed he was on his day off — he was in a t-shirt and shorts."
Fisher's scene of death in Holborn, central London has been decorated with floral tributes, a wellwisher's letter, and candles, it is being reported. The envelope to a handwritten letter attached to a crossing near where he died read: "To: Someone I do not know but I am sure was a unique person."
Bozianu, originally from Romania, said: "I couldn't see his bike — only afterward a police officer told me he was a cyclist. I hadn't seen the bike, so it was probably underneath the lorry. It's not a thing you want to see when you wake up in the morning, you are looking at him and people are trying to help him and the next few minutes you see him on the side covered — I'm going to have that image for a while now."
She added, "There are many cyclists here but it's London and there are many everywhere. It's a very busy road and lots of lorries come down this way. It was a big, green lorry, an HGV. It had something like plumbing or glass on it."
The devastated lady even paid her own tribute to the deceased doctor. "I put down some flowers today. I did it because it was the least I could do and I saw people started to put some flowers, I just felt like it. I do feel sorry for him and for the family and also for the driver and his family. I would do it for anyone."
The lorry involved in the accident was owned by CCF. They sent out a statement after the accident that said they were 'deeply saddened' by the death and said they were 'working closely with police' to determine what happened.
Greg White, chief executive of the Faculty of Homeopathy, said: "The Faculty of Homeopathy has to announce with great sadness, news of the death of the Faculty President, Dr. Peter Fisher in a road accident. Dr. Fisher was Director of Research at the hospital, Europe's largest center for integrative medicine. He was previously Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at King's College Hospital."
He added, "He was also one of the world leaders in homeopathic research, and will be sorely missed not only by his family and UK friends and colleagues but around the whole world. It's no exaggeration to say Peter is an irreplaceable talent. He truly was a giant in all his fields of endeavor, which included clinician, researcher and academic."
Dr. Gill Gaskin, medical director at UCLH specialist hospitals board and a colleague of Dr. Fisher, said that he would be missed by patients and colleagues. She said: "We are all deeply shocked and saddened to lose Dr. Peter Fisher in such tragic circumstances. Peter was Director of Research at UCLH's Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), and physician to Her Majesty The Queen."
She added, "Peter was a highly regarded colleague and friend of many at the RLHIM, where he worked for more than 35 years. He was an international figure in homeopathy who was committed to holistic and compassionate care for his patients. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and patients alike. Our deepest sympathies go out to Peter's family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time."