Manchester City soccer players have clubbed together to fund a new unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The English Premier League squad members donated part of their wages to open a new pain distraction unit, according to a statement from the club.
Patients undergoing treatment will be immersed in a virtual-reality world of interactive 3D games and images to distract them from pain.
The children will wear special 3D glasses that will block out the treatment room.
City player Fabian Delph cut the ribbon on the new unit at an opening ceremony also attended by six soccer-mad patients. Delph later paid a visit to another fan who was too ill to attend the opening.
“Today I was blown away by the spirit and bravery of all the kids I’ve had the pleasure of meeting,” Delph said in a statement. “To be able to give something back to our local community and support the great work of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a real honour for everyone at the club.” Read more