Rangers great donates £16k ultrasound to Western

Picture: Esme Allen

Picture: Esme Allen

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A CITY hospital has become the first in Scotland to receive a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, thanks to the tragic daughter of a football legend.

Rangers great Willie Henderson’s daughter Michelle passed away in October following a two- year battle with cervical cancer aged just 28.

Before her death, Michelle set up The Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust, to help other women facing similar battles. Willie said: “Michelle only made me promise to do one thing if she didn’t make it, and that was to carry on the work of her Trust.”

On Friday morning Mr Henderson, who lives in Broxburn, West Lothian, officially handed over a new SonoScape Ultrasound machine, worth £16,600 to Dr Mark Zahra, the consultant clinical oncologist who treated Michelle at Edinburgh’s Western General.

Dr Zahra, pictured with Mr Henderson, said: “At the moment we treat between 30-50 women every year for gynaecological cancers, most of whom have cervical cancer, as Michelle did. This machine will allow us to improve and optimise treatment, leading to better outcomes and reduced side- effects.”

Mr Henderson added: “Most people don’t realise how hard this department works to help women. I do realise, and anything I can do to help them, I will do for the rest of my life.”