While most teenage girls clutch bright handbags packed with make-up, Amy Willis carries a discreet black medical bag everywhere she goes. It contains the cutting-edge Heartware device that is keeping her alive. A smaller, more advanced version of the Berlin artificial heart, it was fitted in April after she was emergency airlifted to GOSH from Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. The device means that 14-year-old Amy – who like more than half the patients at GOSH comes from outside the capital – can be home in Flintshire this Christmas while remaining on the heart transplant waiting list.
Every day children like Amy come to GOSH to receive care that is unmatched by almost any other children’s hospital in the world. They travel from all across the UK, often with illnesses that cannot be treated elsewhere – or in some cases because there is no known treatment. As part of our campaign, we will be following them and their families throughout their time at GOSH, as well as the many experts who will look after them.
But this can’t all be done without your generosity. To continue offering the best possible care for the UK’s most poorly children, and to continue offering them hope, the hospital needs your help.
Where will your money go?
Your money will supply funding for four key areas
1. Supporting the creation of a new specialist unit helping children with heart failure to stay well while they wait for a heart transplant.
2. Funding research programmes, which aim to find new cures and treatments for children with rare diseases.
3. Funding the patient and family support programme at the hospital, including a dedicated play team which designs activities for children to aid their treatment, recovery and understanding of their illness. It also funds a wide range of other support, all helping to make life as “normal” as possible for families while children are in hospital, often for weeks or months at a time.
4. Funding the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care, for patients who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
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