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Brave teen who spent first year of his life in hospital hails pledge to keep Yorkhill name alive

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SAMUEL Bell, 15, met Health Secretary Alex Neil who has pledged to keep the name of the iconic hospital once it moved to the brand new Southern General next year.

A BRAVE teenager who was expected to die as a baby yesterday hailed a pledge to save the name of Yorkhill hospital.

Samuel Bell , 15, is over the moon to win the support of Health Secretary Alex Neil in his fight to keep the name.

The hospital – officially the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – will move from Yorkhill in Glasgow across the Clyde to the Southern General in about a year.

In a private meeting with the SNP minister in Holyrood, Samuel said: “People from all over Scotland have been coming to this hospital since the early 1900s when it was called Yorkhill. It would be a shame for the name to die just because the hospital has moved premises.”

Samuel was born with a rare bowel disease and is unable to eat. He wears a backpack which pumps nutrients into his body.

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