Meet the patients

Meet Ariana

Ariana Plafadellis is proud that doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital took a chance on her little body. She knows that because of her, other kids are now able to have the special operation she did. The now 9-year-old was wheeled

Meet Matilda

Waltzing Matilda Watching her daughter ­Matilda, 7, play is a joy Eryn Bugden never takes for granted. Born with tuberous sclerosis — a condition that left hundreds of benign tumours growing throughout her little body — Matilda has been in and out of Royal

Meet Lucy

Captain Courageous It really does take a village to raise a child — that’s what Lucy Lazzari’s parents found.  And it takes an even bigger group to look after a child ­battling cancer. As well as mum Georgie, dad Sam, older

Meet Jack

Little Jack Hayes has had more than his fair share of hospital visits. Born with one small lung, one enlarged lung and “floppy” airways, his start in life was spent inside the walls of the Royal Children’s Hospital. But watching him now, aged 4

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