KCHC Impact Report 2019-20-WEB - Flipbook - Page 8
Advancing innovation and excellence
A little TLC goes a long way
Throughout the year we continued to raise
vital funds and awareness for our TLC Appeal
to Transform Liver Care for children and
young people. This allowed us to continue
our work to advance research, buy cuttingedge equipment, rejuvenate the hospital
environment, and provide vital support
networks for children and families.
We were delighted to enable the purchase of a
FibroScan machine, a crucial piece of imaging
equipment that will be used every day in our Paediatric
Liver Centre to improve clinical outcomes for young
patients. The device uses sound waves to deliver a
short, non-invasive, painless test, which gives accurate
and immediate results on the condition of the liver.
The only alternative to a FibroScan is to undergo a
liver biopsy, which is invasive, painful, and requires an
overnight stay in hospital – causing significant anxiety
and inconvenience to the child and their family.
A FibroScan enables clinicians identify and assess
a patient’s condition easily. Early identification
and treatment reduces the likelihood and severity
of complications and greatly improves the child’s
quality of life, now and in the future.
Our charitably-funded MowatLabs bring together
a critical group of clinicians, researchers and
transplant specialists to advance research into
childhood liver diseases.
Many significant breakthroughs in the world
of paediatric liver care have originated here,
including the development of a ground-breaking
procedure to implant cells from a healthy
donor liver into the abdomen of a sick child.
The procedure makes it possible for the damaged
organ to recover fully, or buy time until a donor
liver can be found. Excitingly, this innovation
could eventually make liver transplants a thing
of the past.
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The insights our scientists
are uncovering are revolutionising
our understanding of liver disorders
and saving the lives of young patients.
Our ground-breaking work depends
heavily on charitable donations to
keep making breakthroughs.”
Professor Anil Dhawan
Head of Paediatric Hepatology