Welcome to Lifeline magazine online, our bi-annual Great Ormond Street Hospital supporter magazine.
You can now read the current edition in full online, as well as previous issues.
This year we are asking for donations to help us to continue providing world-class care for our patients and their families, and to pioneer new treatments and cures for childhood illness.
This winter issue of Lifeline features twins Remi and Wojciech who have a rare genetic disease called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome and needed bone marrow transplants at just 9 months old. The family spent an entire Christmas at GOSH but they felt really spoilt by all the staff on Fox ward – “they couldn’t have been kinder” says mum Magdalena.
You can also read about Zikora who contracted a heart virus at 13 months old and was rushed to GOSH in an ambulance. Although he was on a life support machine, little Zikora amazingly recovered in time to go home for Christmas.
Our guest editor for this issue is 17-year-old Ella Tovell, who had a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy and spent four days in intensive care before receiving the heart transplant she needed at 14 years old. Ella now has ambitions to become a paediatric nurse and work at Great Ormond Street Hospital!
Interview with Alex Robertson
Watch Ella’s interview with Alex Robertson, Lead Clinical Perfusion Manager, where he talks about how his team runs the heart and lung bypass machines which are so vital to cardiac surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Read previous issues of the magazine in our Lifeline archive.