Tim Peake made a special video call from space to a 5-year-old with cancer

Astronaut Tim Peake has shared tales of solitude from space with a five-year-old cancer patient who is being kept in isolation during her treatment.

The Briton made a special video call to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, including Maddison Webb - who is recovering after a bone marrow transplant to treat acute lymphocyte leukaemia.

Peake and Maddison discussed being separated from their families and restricted diets during the exchange which happened last week, a GOSH spokeswoman said.

The astronaut was telling the youngster, from Basildon in Essex, about the food he eats on the International Space Station (ISS) as she prepares to eat food for the first time in more than a month.

"Maddison has been in isolation at GOSH for five-and-a-half weeks now and so she was very excited to speak to space from her room," her mother Stephanie said.

Tim Peake
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"She has just started on a special diet of milkshakes and packaged food after her treatment, which she doesn't like very much. Tim Peake must have to eat different foods and have protein shakes and so I'm hoping it will encourage her to drink them."

Peake spoke to around 30 other patients at the renowned children's hospital in London and showed them around the ISS.

He also gave training tips after running the London Marathon using an on-board treadmill - the hospital is encouraging people to take part in a 5K family fun run, the RBC Race for the Kids, on May 15 in aid of the hospital.

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