Transplant patient’s bravery rewarded with Majorca trip

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AN 11-year-old girl who underwent a double lung transplant is being rewarded for her courage by carers at London’s famous Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Annabelle Gascoyne, her mum and dad Lee and Sarah, and her brother Miles are being flown to Majorca for a week’s fun in the sun and will attend the star-studded premier of the new Pirates Ultimate Adventure show.

Annabelle was put forward for the honour by doctors at the hospital as a reward for her bravery during her extensive treatment.

She was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital aged two with abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of her lungs and she received her lung transplant at the age of five.

Since then she has suffered numerous complications, including post-transplant lymphoma.

Complications meant she missed around six months of lessons at National School, but she has still succeeded in passing her 11-plus exam and is due to join Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School in September.

Mum Sarah said: “Annabelle has had many complications since the transplant and we visit Great Ormond Street Hospital about once a month. She will always be on medication and prone to infections, but hopefully this is something that as a family we can deal with and respond to correctly.

“We have never been abroad before, so we are very excited.”

The world-famous Pirates show has been running for 26 years and is performed in a purpose built theatre.

The trip is being funded by Thomson and First Choice Holidays.

All the money raised at the premiere will go towards the appeal to fund new operating theatres at Great Ormond Street.