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How 3d modelling and virtual reality can benefit patients and staff ahead of surgery

​Joe, aged 15, who features on Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes, is being treated at GOSH for Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, which plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly. Joe has an associated heart condition and required surgery to replace his aorta, the body’s main artery. 

The medical and research team involved in his care share how they have used pioneering 3D Heart Modelling and Virtual Reality to aid understanding of his heart condition ahead of surgery. 

Helping young people to face their fears

Meet Dr Maria Hadji-Michael (left), Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who supports Oscar in the second series of Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes.

Maria explains that although Oscar has Tourette syndrome his biggest difficulty when he came to see her was anxiety. She shares how the use of exposure tasks (‘facing fear’) can help reduce anxiety in young patients like Oscar and why we need to dispel common misconceptions around Tourette’s syndrome. 

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