A brave little girl’s battle for health will see her star in a television programme about a famous hospital.
Teigan Dunnachie (11) features in next Tuesday’s episode of BBC Two’s Great Ormond Street.
We were asked to think about it and when it was mentioned some time later, we said it was up to Teigan. Of course, she wanted to do it so we agreedClaire Reid
The BAFTA-nominated documentary gives unprecedented access to the world-renowned children’s hospital.
The Carronshore youngster will appear in the first episode Fix My Genes, which follows three patients who undergo a mixture of bone marrow transplantation and pioneering gene therapy to treat their rare diseases of the immune system.
Teigan suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which means that, due to a faulty gene, her immune system does not work properly and she is extremely susceptible to infection.
The programme follows her as doctors explore the possibility of placing Teigan on a new gene therapy trial which could make her the oldest child in the world with SCID to embark on such a trial.
Mum Claire Reid (35) said they were approached about the programme during one of their visits to Great Ormond Street.
She said: “We were asked to think about it and when it was mentioned some time later, we said it was up to Teigan. Of course, she wanted to do it so we agreed.”
Filming took place throughout 2014 at the London hospital and shows the youngster being treated.
Claire added: “Teigan’s been through a lot and we are still having to keep her in isolation. She hasn’t been able to see much of her friends but has been keeping in touch through social media which has helped. We are hopeful she will be starting back at school soon.”
As well as accompanying his daughter on her many hospital visits, dad Stephen Dunnachie of Rumford has been taking part in sponsored runs for the Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow where her relatives stay when Teigan is in Yorkhill Hospital.