Madeleine McCann’s mother returns to work after 14 years:  GP Kate back on the NHS frontline at hospital in Leicester to help fight Covid pandemic ‘to assist others in need’

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  • Kate worked as a GP when daughter Madeleine went missing in Portugal in 2007
  • She quit her job in 2007 amid a globally publicized search for Madeleine
  • Kate’s return marks the end of a 14-year hiatus from therapy and a full-time job
  • A family source says she is ‘happy’ to be back at work amid the COVID crisis
  • Meanwhile Madeleine is never found and is presumed dead.
  • Her alleged killer is already in prison in Germany for multiple sex offenses

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Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate has returned to work as a doctor in Leicester after a 14-year hiatus following the disappearance of her daughter.

Kate, who was working as a GP when Madeleine disappeared on holiday in Portugal in 2007, has rejoined the NHS frontline in the fight against the coronavirus in one of the country’s worst-hit cities.

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Her return to work in Leicester hospitals also sees her work at times with husband Gerry, who is Professor of Cardiac Imaging at the University of Leicester and a renowned consultant cardiologist at several Leicester hospitals.

She is reported to have been enjoying her time at work, and was applauded by a family friend for ‘throwing herself back into a full-time job to help others in need’.

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Madeleine, who went missing on May 3, 2007 during the McCann family vacation in Praia del Luz, Portugal, was never found and presumed dead.

Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate has returned to work as a doctor in Leicester after a 14-year hiatus following the disappearance of her daughter.

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast of Portugal during the McCann family vacation.  He is presumed dead, while his alleged killer is in prison in Germany for several other sex crimes

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast of Portugal during the McCann family vacation. He is presumed dead, while his alleged killer is in prison in Germany for several other sex crimes

Gerry McCann is Professor of Cardiac Imaging at the University of Leicester and a renowned Consultant Cardiologist at several Leicester hospitals.

Gerry McCann is Professor of Cardiac Imaging at the University of Leicester and a renowned Consultant Cardiologist at several Leicester hospitals.

Kate's return to work in Leicester hospitals also sees her work with husband Gerry as they shift to multiple locations

Kate’s return to work in Leicester hospitals also sees her work with husband Gerry as they shift to multiple locations

Kate and Gerry McCann are both doctors who met in Glasgow while they were both studying in Scotland in 1993.

Kate, 53, studied medicine at the University of Dundee before becoming a GP, while husband Gerry, 53, studied at the University of Glasgow and is a consultant cardiologist.

After Madeleine’s disappearance, Kate quit her job as a GP and became an ambassador for several children’s charities, but never worked full-time or within medicine.

A family friend told The Sun: ‘Kate’s back is working as a doctor. She is now helping out at her local hospitals and is not doing any surgery.

‘She has thrown herself back into a full-time job to help others in need.

‘There is such a demand for qualified medics during these unprecedented times.

‘Kate is having fun helping her out a bit but now we rarely see her and Gerry. They are both very busy.’

Leicester and its population of 350,000 were affected more by the coronavirus and the resulting restrictions than any other part of the UK.

The city entered lockdown on March 23, 2020, and was the only place in the country to be in some form of lockdown for more than a year due to the number of cases in the area.

The city did not come out of lockdown until April 2021.

On May 3, 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann leave their three children at their holiday flat on the Algarve coast of Portugal to go out to dinner with friends.

They say they repeatedly went to check on the children during the evening, but when Kate checked in at 10 p.m., they found Madeleine had disappeared.

While the incident triggered a global search for the girl and her kidnapper and attracted widespread media attention, Madeleine was never found.

However, police believe that Christian Brueckner, a convicted rapist, pedophile and serial sex offender, was probably the little girl’s killer.

Several other attacks against 44-year-old Brueckner are being investigated, including the murder of a 10-year-old girl, as well as the murder of a teenager in Belgium.

Three-year-old Madeleine, better known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.  Pictured: Praia da Luz beach [File photo]

Three-year-old Madeleine, better known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007. Pictured: Praia da Luz beach [File photo]

McCann says they repeatedly went to the Ocean Club hotel to check on the kids during the evening, but when Kate checked in at 10 p.m., they learned Madeleine had disappeared.

McCann says they repeatedly went to the Ocean Club hotel to check on the kids during the evening, but when Kate checked in at 10 p.m., they learned Madeleine had disappeared.

Christian Brueckner

Christian Brueckner, the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, is being investigated over at least five other sex crimes, a German prosecutor has revealed.

The rapist is currently being held in a high-security prison in Oldenburg, near Bremen, in northern Germany.

Investigators believe she abducted and murdered three-year-old Madeleine in Portugal in 2007, while prosecutor Hans Wolters said German police believed Brueckner to be suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl. There is a ‘good basis’ for it.

The attack took place just six miles from Praia da Luz where Madeleine had gone missing a month earlier.

Bruckner, meanwhile, has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance, and has leaked cartoons that he has drawn from his prison cell to mock prosecutors who consider him their prime suspect.

Madeleine McCann’s Disappearance

Maddie McCann, better known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

She was on vacation with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann; her two-year-old twin siblings; and a group of family friends and their children.

She and the twins slept in the apartment while McCann and friends dined at a restaurant 55 meters (180 ft) away.

The parents checked the children throughout the evening, until Kate found out she was missing at 10 p.m.

What happened next is widely considered to be one of the most reported on a missing person investigation in the world.

Portuguese authorities closed their inquiries in July 2008 but Maddie’s parents continued to work with private detectives.

Scotland Yard launched its investigation – Operation Grange – in 2011 and the investigation continues.

Madeleine is never found, but is believed to be dead.

Police believe Christian Brueckner, the convicted rapist and serial sex offender, was probably the little girl’s killer.

Several other attacks against 44-year-old Brueckner are being investigated, including the murder of a 10-year-old girl, as well as the murder of a teenager in Belgium.

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