Ben Hardwick

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Benjamin Hardwick (6 December 1981 - 23 March 1985) was Britain's youngest liver transplant patient. He became a celebrity through appearing on the BBC television programme That's Life! after his parents appealed for more awareness of organ donation when their son, who suffered from liver disease, urgently needed a transplant. Ben received his new liver at the age of two but he died in hospital soon afterwards, a few months after his third birthday.

In his memory, his family set up the Ben Hardwick Memorial Fund, which aimed to offer financial support to the families of children who suffer from primary liver disease.[1] British celebrity Esther Rantzen, who hosted That's Life! and co-wrote a book based on Ben's story, was a trustee on the Fund's board. The Ben Hardwick Fund took over the work of the Ben Hardwick Memorial Fund in 1997. Esther Rantzen is patron of the present fund, which helps children suffering from primary liver disease with costs associated with their illness.[2]

In 1985 Marti Webb released as a tribute a cover version of the Michael Jackson song "Ben", which reached number 5 in the UK charts, the royalties being donated to the Memorial Fund.

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  1. ^ Patient UK (2006-09-01). "Ben Hardwick Fund". Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ Patients' Voice for Medical Advance (2006-05-01). "Celebrity support for Patients' Voice". Retrieved 2007-02-02. 

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