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From the Ireland front row to the Irish frontline: 'My country is calling for me. I have a duty'

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Hero: Linda Djougang playing for Ireland. Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportsfile

Hero: Linda Djougang playing for Ireland. Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportsfile

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Hero: Linda Djougang playing for Ireland. Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportsfile

She reels off the routine as a matter of fact. Sticking to the steps rigidly could be a matter of life and death.

Normal life has changed for Linda Djougang and her colleagues. She no longer wears a nurse's uniform to work, instead donning scrubs. Her rugby gear is in storage for the time being.

When the time comes to visit her patients, she begins the ritual by washing her hands, before putting on her gloves and her yellow protective gown “so that it literally covers everything and there's no see-through”. She asks a colleague to make sure it’s fastened tight around the neck, then reaches for her goggles. Once they’re in place, the mask goes on and then the hair-net.


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