Senior play specialist Hannah Pollard with young patient Jack Hinde
The young UCH patient took part in This Morning’s Christmas charity appeal in a bid to encourage ITV viewers to give generously to Clic Sargent, a UCLH charity supporter.
Jack Hinde, 4, received six weeks’ intensive radiation therapy last year for a spinal tumour at UCH’s radiotherapy department.
An ITV film crew reconstructed his treatment and showed the vital role of UCH’s play specialists who are partly funded by the charity.
The specialists worked with Jack to teach him to lie perfectly still during each of his daily 20-minute radiation sessions, avoiding the need for 30 general anaesthetics.
Jack, from Teddington, tells ITV viewers to give generously to the charity to help other children like him.
Julia Solano, UCH radiotherapy manager, said: “It was fantastic to have Jack back with us and to work with him and Myleene to show the great work our play specialists do.
Jack talks Myleene through his treatment
“They use play to teach our youngest patients about their treatment and help take away the fear of the unknown. It meant Jack had the confidence to lie perfectly still during each radiation session, which is a hard for anyone, let alone a four-year-old. It meant he didn’t need general anaesthetic each time and after treatment he could walk away in good spirits.
“It’s an essential part of the treatment we are pioneering here at UCH. It’s good for patients and it saves money.”
Myleene Klass with staff on the Radiotherapy unit
Musician Myleene Klass, who is currently expecting her second child, is presenting all 12 appeal films for CLIC Sargent. She said: “It was great working with Jack and seeing the work of the dedicated hospital team. They are inspirational.”
CLIC Sargent also contributes funding to Paul’s House, family accommodation for relatives of UCH patients, as well as toys and games for children being treated at UCH.
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