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Faith Cadogan is an advanced clinical practitioner who works in the emergency department of Holby City Hospital.

Biography

Early life

In 2002, (CAS: Episode 1179) Faith married paramedic Lev Malinovsky and had three children — Natalia, Ana and Luka. (CAS: Episode 1156, Episode 1158)

Joining the emergency department

Faith began working in Holby City Hospital's emergency department on 28 December 2019 — the day F1 Mason Reede was found dead in a store cupboard. (CAS: Episode 1155) To help boost the morale of her new colleagues, Faith offered them pep talks. (CAS: Episode 1156)

Luka's cancer diagnosis

On 18 January 2020, Luka sustained a head laceration and a sprained wrist after falling from Ana's bed, and Faith took him to the ED. Although Luka's physical symptoms were treated, consultant Dylan Keogh was concerned about Luka's development and poor vision and sent him for a CT scan. To Faith's horror, the results showed the presence of a brain tumour. (CAS: Episode 1158) On 1 February, after Luka underwent a series of pre-op scans, it was confirmed that the tumour was malignant and situated around his brainstem. (CAS: Episode 1160)

Later that month, Faith was delighted when Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson — an eminent neurosurgeon and close friend of Dylan's — agreed to operate on Luka. (CAS: Episode 1163) On 29 February, Zsa Zsa operated on Luka and ostensibly removed the entire tumour. However, she soon discovered additional tissue and was unable to remove any of it. Zsa Zsa informed Faith that Luka was likely going to undergo chemotherapy but warned her that it was not always effective in cases such as his. (CAS: Episode 1164)

In March, Faith disagreed with Lev over their approach to Luka's situation; Faith believed that it should not be "all doom and gloom" and wanted Luka to continue attending social events, whereas Lev insisted on focusing on the chemotherapy and even reprimanded Luka for wanting to play instead of resting. To Faith's delight, Lev later changed his perspective on Luka's illness and even got Luka's favourite graffiti artist to meet and play with Luka. (CAS: Episode 1167)

Relationship with Dylan

On 4 April, after learning that Faith was a fan of tea biscuits, Dylan gave her one that came with his coffee. Later that day, Faith invited Dylan out for a drink; Dylan eagerly accepted, but he changed his mind as soon as Faith revealed that Lev was joining them. (CAS: Episode 1168) The following week, Dylan tried to maintain a professional distance by lying to Faith that she was scheduled to work in cubicles, but his attempts were unsuccessful. Faith commented on Dylan's unusual mood and offered herself up for a heart-to-heart if he needed one; Dylan dismissed her concerns, putting his mood down to his personality. (CAS: Episode 1169)

On 23 May, Mick Baxter — the father of a patient named Connor — entered resus with a gun and held Faith, Dylan, Connie Beauchamp and Charlie Fairhead hostage. When Connor's social worker Ruth, who Mick had shot earlier that day, began to bleed out, Faith berated him for his selfishness after he refused to allow the medics to treat her, prompting Mick to pin her against a wall in anger; Charlie managed to convince Mick to allow Ruth to be treated. While retrieving a bag of blood, Faith pocketed a syringe and attacked Mick with it, but her attempt at subduing him was unsuccessful, and Dylan was shot in the arm while pulling her away. Once they were released, Faith visited Dylan while his wound was treated, and was shocked to hear Dylan admitting that he had feelings for her. (CAS: Episode 1173)

Dylan comforts Faith as she laments her son's inevitable demise. (CAS: Episode 1176)

In June, Faith increasingly felt that Lev was becoming distant, and was troubled by him constantly pretending that everything was fine. When she received a set of MRI scan results which showed that the chemotherapy did not affect Luka's tumour, Faith decided to contact Dylan — the only person she felt she could turn to — instead and asked him to the hospital. Faith opened up to Dylan about the tension between her and Lev, but Dylan was disinterested and tried to leave, prompting Faith to tell him about Luka's scan results and break down. Once she had calmed down, she told Dylan that she did not "want to this without [him] there", and Dylan agreed to support her "as a friend". (CAS: Episode 1176)

On 20 June, Luka's neurologist, Sian Bowen, informed Faith and Lev that Luka's cancer was terminal. The couple asked about Luka potentially undergoing proton beam therapy, but Sian claimed that Luka's metastases made him ineligible. Nevertheless, Faith continued researching the treatment and, with the help of F2 Rashid Masum, found an example of a case in Germany of a child with metastases similar to Luka's being effectively treated with PBT. After passing the research onto Sian, Sian agreed to recommend Luka for the PBT, much to Faith's delight.

Later that day, Dylan witnessed Lev kissing another man at the ambulance station. (CAS: Episode 1177) The following week, Dylan confronted Lev with what he saw; Lev asserted that he regretted his actions and pleaded with Dylan not to tell Faith. (CAS: Episode 1178) However, in July, Dylan made a derisive sound while Faith remarked about her marriage with Lev, and Faith demanded to know what Dylan knew. Dylan told Faith what he saw at the ambulance station, but Faith refused to believe him and accused Dylan of having ulterior motives. (CAS: Episode 1179)

Trivia

  • Before becoming a nurse, Faith was afraid of needles. She managed to overcome her fear by treating herself to a biscuit after successfully administering an injection. (CAS: Episode 1168)

Behind the scenes

Faith was originally revealed in Casualty's 2019 winter trailer which was released on 5 December. Despite appearing in the trailer, Kirsty Mitchell's casting as Faith was not officially announced until a few days after its release.

Not a stranger to the Holby universe, Mitchell previously portrayed psychiatrist Anita Forbes on Holby City in 2003 and relative Gina Wilson in the 2015 Casualty episode "The Road Not Taken".

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