Book telling story of one child’s experience of liver transplant helps Birmingham charity win award

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A Birmingham-based charity has won an award for a project to help children facing the prospect of having a liver transplant.

The award being handed over to the Children's Liver Disease Foundation

The award being handed over to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation

The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation was chosen as the winner of the special prize for their resource Joe’s Liver Transplant Story at the awards hosted by the British Medical Association on 25th September.

Joe's Liver Transplant Story

Joe’s Liver Transplant Story book

The story was written by the mother of a transplant recipient who is also a palliative care consultant. It is aimed at children who may need a transplant in the future, or who are on the waiting list, and those who have undergone a transplant in the past but were too young to understand what was happening at the time.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is one of three specialist centres where paediatric liver transplants take place and they were involved in the production of the story.

Mairead Ritchie from the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award.

“The thanks really go to Saskie Dorman who wrote the story based on her own son’s experience and all the medical specialists and parents of children with liver disease who reviewed it to make sure it was correct and what the children in this situation needed.”

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