Brave wee girl helps to boost hospital funds

Morven McKendrick (9) with mum Claire, dad Paul and brother Euan. (18)
Morven McKendrick (9) with mum Claire, dad Paul and brother Euan. (18)

A kind young girl who suffers from a rare vascular disease is helping to organise a fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

MorvenMcKendrick(9), from Mar Drive, Bearsden, was diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome the day after she was born.

Morven, a pupil at Mosshead Primary, had some abnormalities in her left leg, foot and toes.

Professor Robert Carachi, a senior paediatric surgeon at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, took a keen interest in her and performed surgery when she was just one-year-old to remove sizeable lymphatic venous malformation in her abdomen.

Her mum Claire said: “We didn’t know if Morven would be able to walk properly when she was young, but thankfully she walked with ease, albeit with a limp.

“She was determined, a trait that she still has. But she was getting many lymphatic infections, which unfortunately became a regular part of her life.”

Morven’s toes were growing faster than anywhere else and her doctors advised that she had two of them amputated because they were never going to be fully functional as she had no movement in them.

Clairesaid: “Given everything Morven has been through, and continues to go through, she is a very happy wee girl.

“She’s much braver at hospital and, as she gets older, really understands what’s happening with her condition.

“Unfortunately she still has a lot of pain, but the pain team at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have helped us to get that under control more.

“Whenever we’re there everyone’s so caring and attentive to what Morven and the rest of the family is feeling.”

Morven’s charity night - with disco, live music and raffle prizes - is on Saturday, May 30 at 7.30pm til midnight in Ellangowan Social Club, Milngavie. Tickets are £10 and supper is provided. Go to www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/claire-mckendrick to donate if you are unable to attend the event.