The Walker family has pledged to go the extra mile for King's by taking part in The Great Hospital Hike - our flagship fundraising event that follows a scenic 17 mile trail from King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill to the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.
The Walker family was first introduced to King's in January 2020 when a blood test identified a problem with 3-week-old Amelie's liver.
“Over the next few days, the experts at King's diagnosed her as having acute liver failure which would need a liver transplant for her to survive," says Amelie's dad, Daniel.
Amelie was placed on the transplant waiting list, and admitted to the Rays of Sunshine Ward at King's College Hospital while the Walkers anxiously awaited news.
Just 11 days later, a suitable liver was found and Amelie underwent an 8 hour transplant surgery, led by Consultant Transplant Surgeon at King's, Hector Vilca-Melendez. The transplant was a success, and the clinical team at King's began helping Amelie recover from surgery.
"Aside from being a brilliant surgeon, Hector has been incredibly honest, kind and friendly throughout. We can't really thank him enough," says Daniel.
"Without the world-class care and expertise available at King's, Amelie would never have survived."
After a total of 57 days in hospital, Amelie was discharged from King's and finally allowed to go home. The Walkers were so grateful for the care Amelie received, they pledged to go the extra mile and participate in The Great Hospital Hike.
"By raising money for King's, we would like to make a small contribution to ensuring that children from across the UK, Europe and further afield can benefit from world-leading liver care at King's," says Daniel.
The family has already fundraised over £5,000 and are encouraging their friends and family to take on the challenge and support 'Team Amelie'.
"We're doing this event as a small way of saying thank you to King's and its staff for the amazing care they gave our newborn daughter."
The Great Hospital Hike: 18 September 2021
Step up to the challenge! Hike the 17 scenic miles from King’s College Hospital to the PRUH and help raise vital funds for our hospitals.
Walk with us and discover the iconic landmarks, heritage sites and hidden gems in the heart of our local communities.
Our NHS staff have done so much for us all this year. Now, will you join us to recognise their efforts and go the extra mile for them? We need your support.