London hospital helps GCC child cancer patients transform into superheroes

The Superhope campaign has helped six children with cancer at the London hospital change into their favorite superheroes. (Supplied by GOSH)
Updated 07 October 2018

London hospital helps GCC child cancer patients transform into superheroes

  • It started by asking the children “if you were a superhero, how would you imagine yourself?"
  • Guests and family members at the screening saw the patients as superheroes for the first time

LONDON: A London hospital took part in an initiative that fulfilled the dreams of child cancer patients from the Gulf region, by producing a film that saw them transform into their superhero alter-egos.

The exciting campaign was launched by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London for children from the region who are receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders.

The Superhope campaign has helped six children with cancer at the London hospital change into their favorite superheroes in a bid to boost their positive mental attitude.

It started by asking the children “if you were a superhero, how would you imagine yourself?” The answers were captured by best-selling London comic book artist, Amrit Birdi, who visited GOSH to transform these answers and sketch out the children’s imagination onto a page.

These sketches, unbeknown to the children, were transformed into real-life costumes by children’s costume studio. And a professional photo and video shoot were used to produce a documentary film and trailer of the child patients.

Guests and family members at the screening saw the patients as superheroes for the first time.

Initially launched in Dubai in 2014, Superhope creators, Tarik Batal and Basma Masri, have since then taken the initiative to different places around the world, including the UK and US.

It works on spreading the awareness of the importance of positive thinking to help children on the road to recovery when fighting complex conditions.

“What an incredible experience it was to have worked with the children at GOSH, and witness their journey transforming into the Superheroes they really are. They were fearless, creative, strong and full of positive life,” said Masri and Batal.

GOSH treats 1,500 children from the Middle East every year for rare and specialist conditions.


Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs

Updated 19 min 19 sec ago

Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs

  • The US president used his speech in New York to claim that Daesh’s leadership was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi’s death
  • Donald Trump: Thanks to American warriors, Al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump placed the Daesh group’s new chief in the crosshairs Monday as he marked Veterans’ Day by celebrating the killing of the extremists’ former leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

While US presidents traditionally mark the day by laying a wreath at a vast military cemetery in Arlington, near Washington, Trump traveled to New York where he made an address ahead of the city’s annual parade of veterans.

Trump was widely criticized after announcing a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, with opponents and even some allies saying it could allow Daesh to rebuild as well as leaving US-allied Kurdish fighters vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

But the US president used his speech in New York to claim that Daesh’s leadership was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi’s death in a raid in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on October 26.

“Just a few weeks ago, American special forces raided the Daesh compound and brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” he said.

“Thanks to American warriors, Al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three.

“His reign of terror is over, and we have our enemies running very, very scared. Those who threaten our people don’t stand a chance against the righteous might of the American military.”

After the death of Baghdadi and Daesh’s main spokesman, Abu Hassan Al-MuHajjir, in a raid the following day, the organization named the little known Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Quraishi as its new leader.

Following the uproar over his announcement of a full troop withdrawal, Trump said that he would leave some troops in the region to protect valuable oil fields.

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview at the weekend that US troop levels in northern Syria would probably stabilize at around 500.