Dr Finella Craig

Dr Finella Craig works in the Louis Dundas Centre for Children's Palliative Care – Great Ormond Street Hospital's (GOSH) world-class centre dedicated to research, teaching and care for children with life-limiting illnesses.

The Louis Dundas Centre is named in honour of a Louis Dundas, a four-year-old boy who died after suffering a brain tumour in April 2008. Its aim is to ensure that no one, let alone a four-year-old, suffers unnecessarily in their final days.

“One of the worst experiences for a family is to witness their child in pain and discomfort, and for them to feel totally powerless to do anything about it,” said Dr Craig, a consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at GOSH since 2002.

“Our role is to try to manage the child’s pain and symptoms to enable the child to live as well and comfortably as possible. Even in modern times, this can be a huge challenge.”

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This article was originally published in The Independent on 23 November 2015.