Hull Boy To Feature In Prime-Time ITV Series Exploring Life At Great Ormond Street Hospital
A boy from Hull with a heart condition who is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) will feature in a brand-new prime time ITV series based at the hospital set to air this summer.
The six-part series, fronted by comedian and TV presenter Paul O’Grady, will follow the lives of some of the 618 children and their families who come through the doors of GOSH every day.
Paul O'Grady's Little Heroes will feature 11-year-old George Coope from Hull, who was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when he was seven years old. The condition causes thickening of the heart muscle, meaning blood cannot be pumped around the body effectively.
George was referred to GOSH for specialist care because his condition is so rare in children. There, he underwent successful open-heart surgery at the age of eight.
He continues to be treated at GOSH and make the most of life, playing goalkeeper in his football team and pursuing his interest in photography.
Speaking about the filming, George said: "It was the best day I have ever had because I never stopped laughing at Paul's jokes.
"I hope that I've shown other children with my condition that life doesn't have to stop. I have had to adjust my life to what I can do, not what I can't."
George’s mum Serena said: “The filming was great, George really enjoyed having the film crew filming him during his tests and appointments. He felt very special.
“Paul was very friendly and extremely funny. He made us all feel completely at ease.
“We hope viewers see that GOSH is a hospital for children from all over the country, as we come from Hull. It’s not just a hospital for London. We hope they see the amazing work the hospital does.”
As the NHS marks its 70th anniversary, Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes 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 from across the UK 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 Britain, with each 30 minute episode focusing on 2-3 children and their journey through their specialist and pioneering treatment.
Paul O’Grady said: “It has been an absolute honour to film at GOSH, meeting children like George, 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 continues on Wednesday on ITV1 at 8pm. The episode featuring George’s story will air on Wednesday 5 September at 8pm on ITV1.
Hull Boy To Feature In Prime-Time ITV Series Exploring Life At Great Ormond Street Hospital, 23rd August 2018, 18:55 PM