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Alder Hey Makes Headlines in Europe

Matilda Callaghan filmed by RTL at Alder HeyEurope’s largest independent broadcaster RTL visited Alder Hey last week to film one of our patients Matilda Callaghan receiving laser treatment. RTL is a German broadcaster which has an audience in excess of 12 million viewers across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Matilda has been coming to Alder Hey regularly for treatment since she was a baby. Her story was featured recently in the Daily Mail.

Matilda’s Consultant Se Hang Liew explains: “Matilda has had three full laser treatments to lighten the colour of the birthmark on her face and is responding well. We will continue to monitor and support her. Sturge Webber Syndrome is a rare condition which affects the blood vessels on the skin, brain and eyes. It is present from birth, but not thought to be hereditary. Affected children have an extensive birthmark on their face and can have learning difficulties, epilepsy, problems with eyesight and mobility problems.”

The Communications Team and RTL would like to thank Cath Gorst, Dr Liew, Danielle Bresnen, Jo Harris and all the staff on L1, K1 and theatres who helped with the filming!

Matilda’s story will feature on RTL’s lunchtime news programme Punkt 12 and will hopefully raise more awareness of Alder Hey and Sturge Weber Syndrome across Europe.

See Matilda on Youtube.

Your comments

  • Matilda is a very brave little girl and is doing so much to help raise awareness of Sturge Weber syndrome.

  • So proud ov my cousin matilda shes sooo gawjus and doin really well very proud ov her xxx

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