Brave wee girl enjoys being a Formula 1 VIP

Morven with Lewis Hamilton
Morven with Lewis Hamilton

A young girl who suffers from a rare vascular disease was thrilled to be Bernie Ecclestone’s VIP guest at the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital patient Morven McKendrick (9) and her family, from Mar Drive in Bearsden, joined other patients who are fanatical about Formula 1 at the famous race at Silverstone.

Morven, a pupil at Moshead Primary School, was diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay sydrome the day after she was born.

It has left her with some abnormalities in her left leg, foot and toes which have required constant pain medication and more than 20 hospital procedures.

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

Meanwhile, Morven’s toes were growing faster than the rest of her body leading to doctors deciding to amputate three of them - because they were never going to be fully functional and she was unable to move them.

She has been treated at Great Ormond Street since 2008 and their charity organised this once in a lifetime trip as part of their ongoing relationship with Formula 1.

During the day at Silverstone, Morven watched the practice sessions and enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Formula 1 paddock, where she met racing legends Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean.

Morven’s mum, Claire, said: “We had a phenomenal day. This was a dream come true for Morven and just goes to show that Great Ormond Street Hospital does good things for children inside the hospital but outside too.”

The charity needs to raise £90 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children.

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