Real stories

Hear from patients and their families as they share their experiences of coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Growing up with microtia by Bethan, 18

Bethan was born with microtia, a condition where an ear is too small or absent. Microtia is often paired with other conditions, in Bethan’s case hemifacial microsomia, which means there is underdevelopment in one side of the face, resulting in facial asym

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I have long QT syndrome by James, 21

In 2008, James, a promising young tennis player, had a cardiac arrest while training. He went on to be the first patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to be fitted with a subcutaneous defibrillator.

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I have methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) by Oliver, 16

Oliver has been coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since he was 12 months old. Here, he talks about life with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), a rare condition that prevents his body from digesting protein.

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Kai's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

Kai has a rare cardiac condition, and experienced multiple cardiac arrests before receiving a donor heart earlier in 2019. Here his mum, Kelly, shares their story and how they are getting involved in genetic research.

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Living with argininosuccinic aciduria

Olivia was born with a rare urea cycle disorder, which was poisoning her body. A fast diagnosis and treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital saved her life. Mum, Emma, tells her story.

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