The Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is renowned as one of the best children's hospitals in the world. It was founded in 1852 in London and it is solely dedicated to children's healthcare and finding better ways to treat childhood illnesses.
GOSH treats around 240, 000 children per year in more than 50 clinical specialities. Patients are referred from their doctor's in the UK and beyond. As well as treating children, GOSH trains doctor's and nurses to help look after children in other hospitals and performs research into childhood illnesses.
In 1962 the hospital pioneered the first heart and lung bypass machine for children, which revolutionised heart surgery. Today it is one of the largest centres for heart transplantation in the world.
In 1967 GOSH trialled the rubella vaccine and within three years it was rolled out nationwide.
In 1979 the first successful bone marrow took place at Great Ormond Street.
In 2000, Great Ormond Street Hospital launched the world’s first gene therapy trials for children born without functioning immune systems. By 2011, gene therapy had cured 14 children with previously fatal forms of severe combined immunodeficiency.
Thirteen-year-old Ciaran-Finn Lynch became the first child in the world to undergo a ground-breaking stem cell trachea transplant in 2010. Great Ormond Street Hospital runs the only paediatric tracheal service in Europe.
These last two breakthroughs illustrate just how important GOSH may be in treating children and adults with Wegener's Disease. Their website has a page explaining Wegener's Disease, and also a patient story from Callum, then aged 12, who had a kidney transplant following a GPA diagnosis.
Although GOSH is an NHS hospital it does rely on donations to fund research and continually improve patient care. You can donate to GOSH by visiting this page.
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