Chloe, one year on from the BBC documentary

This time last year, the second episode of the BAFTA-nominated third series of ‘Great Ormond Street‘ aired on BBC Two. Titled ‘Fight to Breathe’, the episode focused on three patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with respiratory conditions. We followed Chloe as, together with her family, she made the difficult decision to join the transplant list and then undergo a lung transplant. A year on from the episode, we caught up with Chloe, now 13, to find out how she’s getting on…

Cayden

Cayden, from Northamptonshire, was born in 2010 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). At just four days old Cayden had open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and four weeks later he was well enough for his family to take him home. Sadly, during a routine appointment back at GOSH, Cayden suffered a heart attack and tragically died aged ten weeks old.

His mum, Heather, tells us how she’s being fundraising for a Brighter Future Fund in his memory.

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On Saturday 2 July, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants support centre held their first ever Skydive Day at Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Oxfordshire to raise vital funds to support Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 45 employees signed up to skydive on the day, and collectively they raised an incredible £25,000 through sponsorship. A big thank you […]

One-year-old Charlie is helping to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation this summer. Here is his story as told by his mum Claire…

Star Cards Formula One auction

StarCards has launched their latest online auctions to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Bid now to secure a signed, collectible card from your favourite Formula One star.

Herb and his family at the annual BMT walk

This time last year, Herb’s family were getting ready to watch ‘Fix my Genes’ the episode he and his family appeared in. Herb was filmed over the course of a year at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) during his treatment for a rare condition called NEMO deficiency syndrome. Herb was filmed as part of BBC2’s BAFTA-nominated series Great Ormond Street with his episode airing on Tuesday 14 July. On the programme, we saw Herb receive a bone marrow transplant from his brother Rufus’ as well as his ten week recovery in isolation on Robin Ward.

We catch up with Herb, Rufus, and sister Lily who was also diagnosed with NEMO and underwent treatment on the programme, as well as mum Emily and dad Dan…

Jenny Dyer, Play-Specialist at GOSH

We’re continuing our play take-over on the blog with an interview with Jenny, another of our amazing play specialists. Jenny is a senior play specialist and Play team leader. a very busy, exciting and important role at the hospital with no two days the same. Here we ask her about life in the Play department…

Michaela and Myla in Eagle Ward playroom

Many children are referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) because they have difficult diagnoses and need complex treatment. It is often hard for our young patients to understand why their world has been turned upside down. The charity funds the hospital’s Play team to help children cope better during the time they spend in hospital and to understand what is happening to them. Patient Myla has been supported by our Play team since she was eight years old and found out she had irreversible kidney damage. Here, Mum Michaela tells us about their experiences of being at GOSH for the last two years…

Patient Myla and Play specialist Lynsey practice blood tests with a soft toy

This summer, we are focusing on the importance of play to our young patients’ recovery. At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), play specialists and play workers help our patients to cope better during the time they spend in hospital. By introducing play techniques, they help our patients prepare for their treatments and understand what is going to happen to them. 10-year-old Myla was diagnosed with severe kidney damage two years ago. She underwent regular dialysis treatment at GOSH before receiving a kidney transplant. Find out how the play team have made a crucial difference to Myla’s time at GOSH…

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Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patient Olivia and her family are fundraising for GOSH and have started their own TeamGOSH Fund – ‘TeamOlivia’. This year at RBC Race for the Kids, Olivia was chosen to start the race with her mum alongside charity CEO Tim Johnson. Olivia’s mum, Vicki shares their story.

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