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Rooney 'made up' to open new ward
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and his fiancee Colleen McLoughlin have opened a new multi-million pound ward at a Liverpool children's hospital.

Rooney, who used to play for Everton, officially opened the Littlewoods Neurosciences Unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital on Monday.

The celebrity couple said they were "made up" to carry out the opening and to meet staff and patients.

Miss McLoughlin's disabled sister also receives treatment at the hospital.

'Liverpool humour'

Rooney met patients, including 16-year-old Liverpool FC fan Adam Fitzgibbon.

Adam, who suffered brain damage when he was knocked down by a car in April, showed Rooney a Liverpool FC crest tattooed on his back.

His father, George Fitzgibbon, added: "We gave Wayne a bit of grief for playing for Manchester United, but he took it very well.

"He knew we were only having a laugh, and he's kept his Liverpool sense of humour."

Rooney and Miss McCloughlin said: "We're both really made up that we could be here for the opening today because we know how important a unit like this is to Alder Hey.

"The place is brilliant and it's already making a big difference to the children we met today, and we're just glad we can help."

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