After a successful first Santa Dash, week three of the Give to GOSH appeal began with a positive start. From play specialists to paediatric surgeons, this week also offered a glimpse into the varied expertise that GOSH offers. Finally, we ended the week with an exciting appeal boost from one of our corporate partners.
On this week’s ‘Great Ormond Street’, we watched Dr Helen Spencer, Clinical Lead for the Lung Transplant Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), advise patients Charlie, Chloe and Jessica on their upcoming lung transplants. We caught up with Helen to ask her a few more questions…
Back in 2012, we shared Maya’s story with you. Maya had end-stage kidney failure and was awaiting a kidney transplant. Since then, thanks to a new technique allowing patients to receive incompatible kidneys, Maya received a transplant from her father and underwent a successful operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) last year.
To look at Ellie now, it’s hard to believe that two years ago she was in a coma being rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital. In December 2010, when Ellie was 19 months old, she suddenly didn’t want to walk. “We thought walking had just lost its novelty, says mum Debbie, “but Ellie also seemed to have lost energy.”
41-year-old Tineke Dixon has celebrated the 25th anniversary of her heart and lung transplant, which she received at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in November 1988 at the age of 16.
The British Transplant Games were, once again, a success for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients this August, with medals across a variety of sports, including swimming, badminton and running. The games provide an opportunity for athletes to showcase their sporting achievements to other transplant recipients and to encourage patients to regain fitness and allow their confidence to grow.
The possibility of using animal parts to overcome human organ shortages moves one step closer to realisation following the successful transplant of rabbit skeletal muscle tissue into rats, by a team led by Great Ormond Street Hospital’s research partner the UCL Institute of Child Health.
With just months to live, a new operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) changed everything for Charlie and his family.
When Charlie was born at Walsgrave Hospital he wasn’t breathing properly. After being transferred to Leicester Hospital, he spent the next few weeks of his life in intensive care where his breathing could be assisted. Once Charlie was stabilised and given a tracheostomy, he was moved onto a high dependency ward (HDU). But he deteriorated again, losing his hair and developing a rash all over his body.