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Advancing innovation and excellence
We are also funding a world-first
study on the impact of liver
disease on a child’s development
and cognitive function. Most children
with liver disease are diagnosed
before they are 12 months old, a
time when the brain is growing very
rapidly. The TLC Appeal will make it
possible for researchers to explore
the effects of toxicity on brain
development as a result of a
malfunctioning liver. The funding
will also enable them to design
interventions that ensure children do
not just survive into adulthood, but thrive.
Seven-year-old Jessie is a familiar face at King’s.
He was born there, almost two months prematurely
and with only ten per cent of his bowel.
“King’s has saved Jessie’s life multiple times over the past
seven years,” says Jessie’s guardian Lucy, “but in 2020
they transformed his life when they gave him a new liver.
“The staff thought of everything. Instead of Jessie
walking the ten minutes to the surgical room, they
encouraged him to drive there in the unit’s special
electric car and he loved it. He was the first one to use it.”
“He knew he was going for a major operation; he knew
what was going to happen. He knew all the risks and
walking to the surgical room would have pushed his
anxiety to the peak. But the car gave him that focus
to think ‘OK, I’m going to have a liver transplant but
this part of it is going to be fun’.
“His transplant operation has been life-changing for
us all. Jessie is now able to go to school full time for
the first time.”
We need more fun things to do
because hospital can be really
boring, and sometimes scary too.”
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