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Emotional Catherine back at children's hospital

Film star Catherine Zeta-Jones brought smiles to the faces of seriously ill youngsters during an emotionally-charged hospital visit yesterday.

The Oscar winner and mother of two -- whose actor husband Michael Douglas underwent a fight against cancer -- took time out of shooting her latest blockbuster with fellow Wales native Antony Hopkins to travel to Cardiff to launch a fundraising drive.

The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital of Wales was unveiled as the new name for a specialist facility in the Welsh capital -- and counts 43-year-old Zeta-Jones as one of its biggest supporters.

The Swansea-born actress, who opened the facility in 2006, made sure her diary was clear to take part in the renaming ceremony.

She said: "The hospital has always been a cause close to me.

"As a mother, the plight of some of the children has never failed to pull at my heart strings.


"When I was asked to unveil the new name of the children's hospital, I jumped at the chance."

The hospital treats about 25,000 young people and 75,000 outpatients each year.

It provides life-saving treatment to critically ill youngsters as well as expert skills for those with conditions requiring specialist care.