Back to School

Back to School

Back to School

Without you, we can't help seriously ill children across the UK get #backtoschool

Whether a child is just starting school or returning after the holidays, the first day of school is a significant milestone.

But for some parents of the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the first day will have been unimaginable as they faced the toughest days of their children's lives.

Every day 618 children from across the UK arrive at GOSH for life-changing treatment.

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support and with your help we can get more seriously ill children back to school and give them the chance for a better future.

Meet Ruby, Rosie, Cody and Evie, and find out how you can help.

Ruby and Rosie's story

Last year we introduced you to twins Ruby and Rosie who had complex separation surgery at GOSH, just a day after they were born conjoined in July 2012.

In September 2016, at four years old, the girls headed to school for the very first time.

The twins’ surgery is just part of the very special transformative care given to children from across the UK. Joined by the intestine and the abdomen, the twins were delivered by caesarean section and then transferred to GOSH for the planned surgery.

Both Ruby and Rosie have enjoyed painting at school.

Both Ruby and Rosie have enjoyed painting at school.

“The girls have enjoyed the whole school experience and they have settled in to school life really well. Funnily enough their school reports were very similar!

“I am proud of how far they have come as there were times that I never expected to see these days.”

Cody's story

Cody from Wales was born with severely malformed blood vessels deep inside his brain. This very rare condition, known as a vein of Galen malformation, could have caused him to lose his speech and mobility or could even have caused heart failure.

Cody was referred to GOSH as soon as he received his diagnosis and after a complex five-hour embolization procedure, which involves inserting tiny metal coils into an artery in Cody’s leg and work them up all the way to his brain to block up the abnormal connections between vessels and arteries and correct the blood flow, things were looking good for Cody.

Now, at age four Cody is about to head to school.

Mum, Luisa says: “Cody’s been doing fabulously. He’s had the all-clear and has been completely discharged from GOSH.

"Cody’s really excited about starting school! As well as feeling incredibly proud, I can’t help but be nervous. That time in GOSH is never far from my mind and I think about what he went through every day.”

Evie's story

At the start of last year Evie got a new heart at the age of three, after suffering three strokes and enduring months attached to an artificial heart at GOSH.

In May 2015 Evie’s breathing had become unusually fast, and she was admitted to GOSH after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the left ventricle of the heart is enlarged and weakened.

When parents Nicole and Paul were told that a third of children don't survive this condition they were naturally shocked and Evie starting school was a distant thought.

But now as Evie’s first day at school approaches, the family couldn’t be happier at everything she’s overcome.

Credit: PA

Credit: PA

“Going to school is a huge milestone for Evie and it's thanks to all the incredible Great Ormond Street Hospital staff, for tirelessly fighting alongside her through her darkest days.”

"When we were in hospital I couldn’t let myself think about the future, especially not school and that’s why this is even more amazing.

"Evie is very imaginative and will enjoy making stories at school.” says mum Nicole.

Evie is due to take part in the RBC Race for the Kids annual 5k on Saturday 7 October in Hyde Park which will see children and families of all abilities take part to raise money for the hospital.

The family are all looking forward to the event. “RBC Race for the Kids is a really special event, where people of all abilities take part, we will be so proud to see Evie cross the finish line” says Nicole.

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support, and every day is a chance for you to make a difference...

Without you, we can’t help fund the wards and medical facilities designed around children, and which let the hospital treat more patients.
Without you, we can’t help fund state-of-the-art medical equipment for treating the toughest and rarest conditions.
Without you, we can’t help fund pioneering research to tackle complex childhood illnesses.
Without you, we can’t help fund services that can ease the burden on families, raise spirits, and support children and young people through their treatment.