Lucy’s wish comes true

We've had some amazing news about Lucy...

age five, who featured in Paul O'Grady's Little Heroes a few weeks ago. You might have seen her scooting around Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with her backpack on, carrying a pump which she needs to run her medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Lucy wished for her backpack to come off before she turned six and “she must have a sixth sense because her wish is coming true,” her dad said. 

On 23 October, Lucy and her family travelled all the way from Glasgow to GOSH, to have the backpack taken off! Luckily, her unicorn scooter made the trip too, and Lucy scooted round the corridors of the hospital without a backpack for the first time.  

Becky, the nurse who removed Lucy’s backpack, said: “she probably can’t remember a time when she didn’t wear the backpack,” as Lucy has worn it since she was first diagnosed at age two.  

When her backpack came off, Lucy said she wanted to give her backpack to another child who needed it – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  

It was an emotional day for Lucy’s parents, because this will improve their little girl’s life massively. But there’s still no cure for her pulmonary hypertension. That’s where we come in. 

Sparks is funding vital research into rare and complex childhood conditions, to help find cures for families like Lucy’s. “Research is hope,” her mum Claire said, “and it wouldn’t be possible without charities like Sparks.” 

You can help make more wishes come true for critically ill children like Lucy by supporting Sparks.
Find out more about how you can get involved here, or you can read Lucy’s story here.  

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