GOSH patients recovery from surgery inspire British tennis star

14 Jun 2018, 1:44 p.m.

British No.1 Kyle Edmund meets inspirational GOSH patient Finley, who made his own tennis trophy for Kyle, ahead of the Fever-Tree Championships

British tennis star to aim for success at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's this June. 

British No.1 Kyle Edmund took time out from his Fever-Tree Championships training regime at The Queen’s Club to meet seriously ill children recovering from surgical procedures at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) this week. Kyle heard about the challenges they are setting themselves to take their first steps towards recovery, and spoke with leading GOSH consultant Mr. Joe Curry who shared his top tips on handling pressure when going into surgery with Kyle, who is continuing his preparation for the grass court tennis season.

Children including Finley Evans, aged six, from Llanrhaeadr Ym Oswestry, Wales, met Kyle during his visit. Finley has a urology condition and is recovering at GOSH following a pioneering operation in which surgeons built Finley a new bladder. Finley was out of bed and in the play room on the ward in anticipation of Kyle’s visit, and was excited when Kyle arrived along with the prestigious Fever-Tree Championships trophy. Finley decorated a replica trophy to present to Kyle as an inspiring memento of his visit to GOSH, ahead of the upcoming tournament at The Queen’s Club next week.

Finley’s mum Beth Evans said: “Visits like this one really brighten a child’s day, it’s quite magical for them to have something to focus on other than the medical procedures. Finley’s been learning to play tennis at school and he loves it, so it was really exciting for him to meet Kyle during his visit.”

While at GOSH, Kyle Edmund also met leading surgical consultant Joe Curry, who shared his own personal top tips for handling pressure*. Kyle is hoping for success during the Fever-Tree Championships, which is raising money for GOSH Charity and specifically specialised surgical medical equipment at the hospital. Joe is a very experienced surgeon who has performed complex surgery such as the separation of conjoined twins.

GOSH Charity ambassador Kyle Edmund said: “I really enjoyed meeting so many courageous children at GOSH today. After hearing what they have faced as part of their treatment, I’ll definitely take inspiration from their stories and their bravery, when I’m preparing for the Fever-Tree Championships next week.

“This is my second visit to GOSH and I have seen first-hand the difference money raised can make to children and families, and so I’d encourage everyone who attends the Fever-Tree Championships to look out for ways they can show their support by donating during their visit to the tournament.”

The children were excited to get a sneak-peak at the prestigious Fever-Tree Championships trophy which accompanied Kyle on his visit to GOSH. The Championships is raising money for GOSH Charity and Kyle Edmund’s surprise visit to heart and surgical patients and staff at the hospital took place as part of this partnership.

GOSH Charity will be supported in a variety of ways at this year’s Championships, including the sale of used tournament balls from the official merchandise store, ticket resales, and through evening Ground Admission tickets. A special text donation line has also been set up for tennis fans - they can text TENNIS to 70125 to donate £5. The tournament will provide some free tickets for GOSH patients, and two patients will have the opportunity to walk out as player mascots on Final’s day.

Kyle Edmund supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity after being moved by the story of GOSH patient James ‘Jimmy’ Shaw, who died in 2016. James’ parents Pete and Emily Shaw have so far raised £186,000 for GOSH Charity in James’ memory since they set up the ‘Little Jimmy Brighter Future Fund’ in 2016. Kyle supports this special fund as part of his role as a GOSH Charity ambassador.

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Contact Information

Melissa Shelley, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity press office

0203 841 3185 / Melissa.Shelley@gosh.org

David Law, Media Director, Fever-Tree Championships

07764 186090 / david.law@lawsports.net

Fever-Tree Championships website - www.fevertreechampionships.com

Notes to Editors

Notes to editors:

*Mr. Joe Curry’s (Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital) top tips for coping with pressure, as shared with Kyle Edmund during his visit to GOSH.

  • Prior planning is crucial. Complex surgery is planned with meticulous detail. Separation of conjoined twins for example can take upwards of 20 hours and each step needs meticulous planning and rehearsal.
  • Preparation and scenario testing is vital to ensure any unexpected events are planned for and a solution immediately available.
  • We are also the front person of a huge team that support what we do. Isaac Newton said “if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Without those that support us we would not be as successful as we are.
  • Unlike tennis players we can’t have “unforced errors” so expertise and training is everything - it’s been 17 years and counting for me.
  • Mental and emotional resilience is vital for the pro-player and experienced surgeon. Adversity and difficulty are always around the corner for us both. We need to have confidence in ourselves and our ability and surround ourselves with those who we cherish and can support us in such difficult times. Tomorrow there is always another match to play or another person who needs urgent life-saving surgery and it’s up to us to be there!
  • Arrogance is the enemy of confidence. Our supporters and patients don’t want us to be gods, but they want to know we are the best at what we do.
  • You need inspiration to be successful. I’m not sure what Kyle’s is, but if he steps into Great Ormond Street Hospital and sees the family and children we treat, then he will certainly see mine!

 

About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

About the Fever-Tree Championships and The Queen’s Club

The Fever-Tree Championships is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Played on grass at The Queen’s Club since 1890, the tournament attracts many of the best players in the world every year. From 18th-24th June, 2018, the World No.1 Rafael Nadal, 5-time champion Andy Murray, US Open champions Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic will compete for the title, along with the British No.1, Kyle Edmund. All-time greats Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Nadal and Murray are listed on the tournament’s Roll of Honour. The Fever-Tree Championships is part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s series of International Tennis Events, along with the Nature Valley Open (Nottingham), Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham) and Nature Valley International (Eastbourne), in the lead-up to Wimbledon. www.fevertreechampionships.com

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