Paul O’Gorman Lifeline (registered charity no. 1108060)
In memoriam Dr. Judith Kingston
Helping children with life-threatening illnesses
Listed above are the main therapies we organise, but see also the ‘other conditions’
Lifeline only offers treatment for children with life-threatening illnesses who cannot
be treated in their own country.
Treatment in Western hospitals
The demands for our services grow each year: in 2018 we accommodated 192 people
(patients and parents), none of whom spoke the language and all of whom
are desperately worried about their sick child. We sometimes have to bring additional
family members (for example when a sibling bone marrow donor has
to be accompanied by a second parent).
In the UK all work is done by volunteers. In Italy there is one paid employee,
and many wonderful volunteers and local charities. They help us to support the
families, because a sick child needs not only medical care, but to remember there
is a life outside hospital full of affection, play and friendships. Our
volunteers and staff build close relationships with the families, who may be away
from home for 18 months to 2 years. We find a hospital to accept the child,
arrange air travel, find suitable accommodation, arrange education where appropriate,
organise trips and parties and generally try
to provide a home away from home.