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X Factor Winner Celebrates 10Th Anniversary Bristol Royal Hospital Children

X Factor winner Matt Cardle visited Bristol Royal Hospital for Children today 10 years after the hospital opened its doors to patients.

Matt met with patients, their families and staff members at the hospital and enjoyed some birthday cake as part of a year of celebrations.

He also met with Dr Jacqueline Cornish, Head of Division of Womens and Childrens Services, who treated Matt for six months in 1985 for Wilms Tumour. She then followed him up regularly in the outpatient department until his family moved to Essex.

Matt Cardle said:

I am really proud of all the good work Bristol Childrens Hospital has done over the years.  When I was two years old the hospital treated me for Wilm's Tumour, which was a solid kidney tumour.  I had a kidney removed and underwent chemotherapy for six months.  I am eternally grateful for the care and attention I received at the hospital.  Its a real honour to attend the 10th anniversary of the new building alongside Dr Jacqueline Cornish and the rest of the staff.

Dr Jacqueline Cornish said:

It was lovely to see Matt and his family again. He was such a little boy of only two years old when we first looked after him, and he was really stoic about his treatment which was not pleasant. It has been lovely to follow him up over the years and watch his progress as he grew up into being a young man.

It has been particularly exciting for me and the rest of the staff at the hospital to see Matt win the X Factor last year. This is quite inspirational to children who are currently unwell and under our care, as it gives them a real vision of how they too can have a normal and indeed highly successful life.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children was opened on 21st April 2001 and since then nearly 800,000 children have been treated at the hospital either as an inpatient, outpatient or as an emergency patient.