Matthew was diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension when he was 18 months old. He spent six and a half weeks at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), during which time his mum and dad stayed in the hospital’s family accommodation. Here, Matthew interviews Elizabeth from the Family Accommodation team.
Seven-year-old Grace was less than a year old when she was diagnosed at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with long segment tracheal stenosis, an extremely rare disease which affects only one in five million children. Yesterday, Grace went along as guest of honour to cheer on fundraisers from ASK Italian and to hand out medals as they completed their Summer Triathlon, held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity.
Fourteen-year-old Megan successfully underwent a kidney transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after a new blood filtering technique meant she was able to receive a kidney from her dad despite having a large amount of powerful proteins in her body that would have usually fought against the organ and rejected it.
Rugby-loving 14-year-old Lewis Botting was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy earlier this year and is now on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Lewis has just become the first patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to be fitted with Heartware, a new portable pumping unit which acts as a bridge-to-transplant treatment similar to a Berlin Heart, but can be carried in a small satchel-type bag at his side.
Liz Morgan has been Chief Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the past four years. This is Liz’s second stint at GOSH, having first joined as a nurse back in 1976. Here, Liz tells us a little more about her role and just what it is that makes a good nurse.