We have launched a new appeal to raise £1.5 million to transform liver care for children and young people. The Charity has ambitious plans to advance research, buy cutting edge equipment, rejuvenate the environment in the hospital and provide vital support networks for patients and families at King’s. The TLC Appeal – Transforming Liver Care for children and young people – will help realise these plans.
Before the Paediatric Liver Centre at King’s was created, more than 60% of children diagnosed with liver disorders died. Today, thanks in the most part to the incredible work carried out at King’s, that figure is down to 6%. But there is still much more to do.
As well as their physical challenges, children with chronic liver disease can have lower IQs, more mental health problems and higher levels of diagnosed learning disability; with over 30% requiring specialist education support. The Charity believes that, with the right medical and therapeutic support, children with liver conditions can overcome these problems and live healthier, happier, more productive lives. The funds raised through the TLC Appeal will help to bring this transformation about.
The TLC Appeal will support pioneering research, improvements to the hospital environment and support networks to ensure that children like Liam and Emily, and every child diagnosed with a liver disease, not only survives but thrives into adulthood.