Student illustrates new book for Leeds Children’s Hospital

21 December 2015

Talented third year BA (Hons) Illustration student Aghnia Mardiyah has illustrated a new book, ‘Charlie’s Kidney Transplant’ which is given to children preparing to undergo kidney transplants at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The book aims to put children at ease when they are undergoing transplants which can be a scary experience with new people and new surroundings.

‘Charlie’s Kidney Transplant’ follows the story of Charlie, a young boy, who has a problem with his kidneys and needs to undergo a transplant surgery.

Story illustrator, Aghnia Mardiyah, currently a final year student on the College’s BA (Hons) Illustration degree, helped bring Charlie to life with her artistic talents, using drawings and language suitable for young children.

Children’s Hospital BOOK 1

Children’s Hospital BOOK 2Images pictured are from the book. More images can be found at Aghnia's website here 

There’s even talks of a follow-up book already on the table, Aghnia, who is originally from Bristol, says the whole experience has been fantastic from start-to-finish.

“I was very excited when I got the opportunity to illustrate Charlie’s Kidney Transplant for the Children’s Hospital,” she said.

“As an aspiring children's illustrator and animator it was one of my most rewarding projects and I'm very grateful for it. I've learnt so much during the whole process of this book and I'm really excited to be part of the second book that the hospital will be producing in the near future.”

The book was produced by ward staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital, play leaders and Aghnia, and launched at a special event on the Children’s Ward L10 in October 2015.

Aghnia's talents have been recognised in some positive media coverage here.