Spanish football shirts turned into operation gowns to help sick children ...

It’s a hospital pass! Spanish football shirts are turned into operation gowns to help sick children ‘face their hardest match' New campaign is turning old La Liga football shirts into children's hospital gowns Spanish football magazine Panenka teamed up with We Are Xuxa for the cause Children at Hospital San Rafael, Madrid seen wearing Messi and Greizman shirts

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 09:17 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 09:17 BST, 16 May 2019

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Old Spanish football shirts are being given a new lease of life on hospital wards.

Rather than let the unwanted La Liga kit go to waste, one company is upcycling the shirts into hospital gowns to help younger patients recover faster.

Children at the Hospital San Rafael in Madrid have been seen wearing Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid jerseys emblazoned with some of the nation's most famous players.

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A young patient wears a Barcelona 'Messi 10' shirt as he walks with a nurse down a ward in the Hospital San Rafael in Madrid

A young patient wears a Barcelona 'Messi 10' shirt as he walks with a nurse down a ward in the Hospital San Rafael in Madrid

A tailor cuts open the back of a Sergio Ramos shirt before attaching colour coordinated ribbons to convert it into a hospital gown

A tailor cuts open the back of a Sergio Ramos shirt before attaching colour coordinated ribbons to convert it into a hospital gown

The campaign, Las Batas Mas Fuertas - 'The Strongest Hospital Gowns' in English - was created by Spanish football magazine Panenka, who teamed up with We Are Xuxa to launch the gowns.

The idea of turning La Liga jerseys into gowns is to replace the

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