Children’s Hospital

8:00pm Wednesday, November 30 on TV One

Children’s Hospital shines a light on the bravery of the hospital’s young patients, the tolerance of their parents in the most testing circumstances, and the immense skill of the army of hospital staff pulling together to save the lives of their tiny charges.

Tonight, 14-year-old DJ Lockley from Salford, is a medical miracle.

DJ wasn’t expected to survive birth – his mother Sandra Lockley was told during her pregnancy that he had severe kidney and bladder problems. But after a normal birth, Sandra told the medics: “If he is going to die then he can do it when he is ready.”

Thirteen years later, DJ’s kidneys finally failed, and for the last six months he has spent nine hours every night, six days a week, on a dialysis machine at home. What he really wants to do is play football but DJ desperately needs a kidney transplant.

After proving to be a perfect match, Sandra is giving DJ one of her kidneys – “the best present I could ever have,” says DJ.

8:00pm Wednesday, November 23 on TV One

Children’s Hospital shines a light on the bravery of the hospital’s young patients, the tolerance of their parents in the most testing circumstances, and the immense skill of the army of hospital staff pulling together to save the lives of their tiny charges.

The Children’s A&E Department sees around 50 children with breathing problems every week and it has a special resuscitation unit for those in high risk.

In tonight’s episode, Professor Simon Carley is caring for 17-day-old Megan who was brought in by distraught parents Laura and Mark after they noticed she was having difficulty breathing. After taking Megan for an x-ray, Professor Carley finds that her lung has partially collapsed and she will need immediate help.

Meanwhile, one-year-old Charlie Reynolds, who was born profoundly deaf, is waiting to have a life changing operation. Two cochlear implants may enable him to hear for the first time.

Charlie’s mum, Emma says: “It’s almost as if Charlie is in his own little bubble, living in a world of silence. I just want him to be able to say Mummy and Daddy”. Surgeon Richard Ramsden, one of the UK’s pioneers of hearing implants, has come out of retirement to carry out the groundbreaking operation on Charlie. He explains, “I cannot end a life’s work and interest in cochlear implants so abruptly – it is one of the things I have spent my professional life doing”. He describes the operation as ‘the most gratifying – you are giving someone a life back”.

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8:00pm Wednesday, November 9 on TV One

Beginning tonight on TV ONE, the largest children’s hospital in the U.K, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, opens its doors to television cameras for a brand new series.

Children’s Hospital shines a light on the bravery of the hospital’s young patients, the tolerance of their parents in the most testing circumstances, and the immense skill of the army of hospital staff pulling together to save the lives of their tiny charges.

In tonight’s episode, seven-year-old Jack Norfolk is undergoing his 22nd operation. Jack has a range of genetic conditions which has led to him having both his kidneys removed, and he now spends four hours, three days a week, having dialysis. He also suffers from glaucoma and a growth defect.

Today, he’s preparing for an operation to repair his hip which has been flattened by disease; if the operation is a success he won’t rely on a wheelchair anymore. Jack says: “I just want to be normal – and eat bananas.” Despite being anxious, Jack is the life and soul of the Children’s Hospital. His mum, Jeni Spilsbury, describes him as “an inspiration – Jack is what keeps me going.”

Meanwhile, in the dedicated children’s A&E department, three-year-old Georgia has managed to get an orange pip stuck up her nose that won’t budge. As doctor Alex Blythe comments, “it is amazing the amount of objects we have to remove from children’s noses and ears!”

Missed an episode of Children’s Hospital ? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.