Faiza's story

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) means the world to Faiza. It saved her life as a child when she was admitted with congenital heart disease.

She says she "grew up" in the hospital, where she twice underwent open-heart surgery as a child, and last week she fulfilled her lifelong dream when she walked on to Puffin Ward for her first shift as a healthcare assistant at the hospital.

Speaking to The Independent mid-way through her first training shift, she said: "This is a dream come true for me. People say home is where the heart is, but my heart is here."

Over the next few months The Independent will follow Faiza, as she undergoes training for her new role. Her eventual "dream" though is to one day become a cardiac nurse on Bear Ward, where she was treated as a child when it was known as Ladybird Ward.

"I just want to help other kids who are going through what I went through. To make them smile... and show them that everything is OK."

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