As the NHS marks its 70th anniversary Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes according to ITV will provide a unique insight in to one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, and the lives of the brave and resilient children who are treated there every day. Viewers will also have the opportunity to get to know the dedicated staff who care for and treat children who have some of the most serious and complex conditions.
Paul O’Grady brings his unique blend of warmth and humour to the hospital as he meets a number of children from all corners of the UK, with each 30 minute episode focusing on 2-3 children and their journey through their specialist and pioneering treatment.
In the first episode Paul gets a glimpse of a pioneering surgery after he meets 13-year-old Mackenzie who is at the hospital to have his ear reconstructed after being born with Microtia. The condition means those affected are born with a small ear that doesn’t develop properly. Neil Bulstrode, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon performs this life changing surgery, with Paul witnessing the remarkable moment when Neil makes a new ear from the cartilage in Mackenzie’s ribcage which provides the framework for his new ear.
Neil Bulstrode said: “It was wonderful to have Paul in surgery to witness just some of the expert care undertaken every day at GOSH. Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes will be a unique opportunity for people to get a glimpse of the ground breaking treatments GOSH provides to children from across the UK, with some of the most complex and rare conditions.”
Paul O’Grady said: “It has been an absolute honour to film at GOSH, meeting the children, and their families as they go through some of their toughest days. They were truly inspiring.
I have so much admiration for the truly dedicated staff who treat and care for them. I can’t wait for you all to meet all the cheeky characters, happy faces and brave families that I had the privilege of meeting.”
Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes will air from Wednesday 8 August on ITV1 at 8pm. #POGLittleHeroes
Watch the trailer for Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes at the ITV.com website.
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