Pro golfer Matt Fitzpatrick helps buy virus equipment for Sheffield Children's Hospital

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Professional golfer Matt Fitzpatrick has helped a charity to buy specialistventilation equipment for a children's hospital which is fighting thecoronavirus outbreak.

The Children's Hospital Charity (TCHC) has bought a £22,000 video laryngoscope for the intensive care unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital.The machine will allow medics to quickly establish an airway in patients whohave difficult respiratory conditions.

Fitzpatrick, 25, from Sheffield, is a patron of the TCHC, and the charity saidthe new equipment was largely bought thanks to his "substantial" butundisclosed donation.

The Ryder Cup player said: "My thoughts go out to the patients and all of thestaff on the front line; hopefully this donation will help them through thecoronavirus pandemic."

Dr Rum Thomas, consultant in paediatric intensive care medicine at Sheffield Children's Hospital, said the video laryngoscope will help doctors place breathing tubes in children safely.

Meanwhile, the charity continued to appeal for support as the lockdown has seen fundraising events cancelled.

Director David Vernon-Edwards said: "We urgently need to continue supporting the staff at Sheffield Children's, who are working day and night to support the public throughout this crisis.