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“Frankie is now almost 7 months old and I can’t thank Mr Jaber (Frankie’s surgeon) enough for doing the surgery that saved my son’s life.”
“He still has a lot to face with his unknown future, but touch wood been a good boy and focusing on achieving our little goals with his milestones”
“Two years ago at ten months old my son had open heart surgery to repair a moderate VSD and to help his pulmonary stenosis.
We are so grateful for everything you did for us then, you helped us get through one of the toughest times we had to face as a family and helped us know that we weren’t alone.
We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts and mended hearts ❤”
“Mine is my daughter Arabella. In the womb she went into SVT and had to be delivered immediately.
Unfortunately, the local hospitals were not equipped to provide the care she needed and we were told she would not survive without a bed at LCHU.
Luckily a bed became available and Dr. Dere & her team were able to stabilise Arabella. 1 year later she is doing well on heart medication & regular reviews. She turned 1 on Friday and I am forever grateful & will always promote and raise money for this lifesaving charity. Words can not express my appreciation.”
Ethan was born on the 24th of May in 2012. It was apparent in early scans that Ethan had a severe pulmonary valve stenosis.
We cannot thank the team at Leeds enough for their care over the last 6 years and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund for everything that they do for the heart unit and the families.
This really is a special charity and a charity that I feel we will always support, put simply, thank you for everything that you do for us and families like ours!”
“Albie was diagnosed with CHD when he was 8 weeks old & under went 12 hours of open heart surgery the following week.
He is due to have more surgery but nothing stops him!
He is such an energetic little boy! Because of you Albie has performed in his first show – what a star!”
“My grand daughter Ava inspires me.
Such a brave little heart warrior after her Open Heart Surgery at Leeds.
Love you so much sweetheart”
“Jack has undergone two open heart surgeries in 4 years.
His school held a superhero day & Jack decided to go as the surgeon who saved his life twice.
This man really is our superhero 🖤“
Mr Jaber saved my son’s life when he had open heart surgery at 11 days old!
He’s going to be 4 in August 🤗
Forever grateful ❤
“I became aware of CHSF after the birth of my eldest son Oscar.
He was born with TGA and needed 2 operations including open heart surgery.
We’re so grateful for the support we received from the charity while we were in hospital and the support they still offer today.
Oscar is now 3 & doing amazingly well.
We support CHSF so other families starting their jouney are as well looked after as we were Xx”
“Three years ago at the age of 3 my daughter Ella-Mai was found to have a heart defect.
She had surgery a few months later to repair a coarctation of aorta.
If it wasn’t for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund – I don’t know how I would of got through the hardest time of my life.
For this I will be eternally grateful!”
“My beautiful daughter Isla had surgery at the unit at 4 months old.
We wanted to give back for the fantastic care she received and continues to receive.
I owe the staff her life and I’m so thankful everyday – it’s the least we can do.”
I’m inspired by my daughter Olivia born with multiple VSD. She underwent surgery at the LGI at 6 weeks old.
We cannot thank the amazing surgeons and staff enough and will continue to fundarise and support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund 🙂
“Happy 1st Heart Day to my little Heart Warrior! A year ago today Thomas went down to theatre after a diagnosis of TAPVD.
He was in the care of Mr Jaber and his team after being stabilised for 2 days due to a cardiac arrest at home. This happend at just 20 days old.
There are no words to describe how grateful we are as a family to Mr Jaber, his team and all in wards L47 & L51 for helping our boy have a second chance at life.
We celebrated his 1st birthday in April and that would not have been possible if it wasn’t for you, so thank you!”
“At just 9 days old, my very own little superhero had his open heart surgery for his TGA.
He’s the most brave & amazing person I will ever know! 3 years later and I become prouder and prouder of him ❤Freddie💙
Happy 2nd heart day to my son Harley! Mr Jaber worked his magic for 6 and a half hours in surgery and now he’s a different boy in so many ways! I will never be able to thank Mr Jaber or any of the staff enough.
I remember spending my 7th birthday at Killingbeck Hospital, but received some great treats and cards, so it wasn’t all too bad! The staff at the hospital were so friendly.
I’m now 35 years old and living life to the full because of you – thanks to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund for saving my life.”
Eden was born with Tetralogy Of Fallot. Fully repaired by the amazing Mr Congui 6 months ago. During surgery they found another defect (Aorta Pulmonary-Window) which is so rare he’s only ever seen it once as a surgeon.
She is now just like any other 9 month old baby and doing amazing – all because of how amazing the surgeons are at LGI along with the amazing staff on ward 47 and 51.
I cannot forget the childrens heart surgery fund, without you guys and the work you do in providing parents with accommodation, we would of had to travel 50 minutes everyday to see our daughter.
Mr Jaber saved our daughters life.
Hallie our daughter inspired us to fundraise and support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
We spent the first 4 months in the Leeds hospital with Hallie.
I can’t thank you guys enough for what you do. You are amazing and we will always support you.
Mr Jaber saved my daughters life!
❤ Amazing man 💗
This is my boy Charlie. He’s on ward L51 recovering, having had his open heart surgery done by the amazing Mr Jaber 11 days ago ❤
“Can honestly say 9 years ago today was the worst day of our lives.
We handed over our precious baby boy over to the hands of Mr Watterson for his second open heart surgery (TGA) with only a 50/50 chance of survival.
Thank you LGI for taking the chance to try, and saving George (those words never seem enough) x”
Mr Jaber saved my son even though after 6 weeks growing on NICU, they thought our teeny twin was still a bit on the smaller side than they would like.
Recovery was very rocky involving two cardiac arrests the next day and issues with fluid but that amazing man barely left our side until he knew we had got him more stable.
He even worked on his weekend off.
Mr Jaber also did Alfie’s Bilateral Glenn surgery at 9 months, once Alfie had settled from a long recovery from a pulmonary valve stent.
As always the attention and dedication from this man was ever as dedicated. Our hope and faith are forever in his hands as we know Alfie’s next surgeries will also be with our wonderful Mr Jaber. We will remember to bring bounty bars and carrot cake 😉
Zack was 5 on April 13th and that is possible because of you x x x
“I’m a parent of a heart patient who was born prematurely. He had a congenital hearts block, which meant wearing a permanent pacemaker.
There were other scary complications along the way, but my boy is still here thanks to Mike Blackburn and his team.
Gratitude is not enough as we owe them so much. He has become a member of our extended family as we have known him for over 30 years and my son is still here.
He will have to have more operations but I know he will be well looked after.”
At 8 months I had a pulmonary artery band fitted, then in 2012, I had a bicaval shunt operation at 20.
At 22, I had my Fontan completion operation done by Mr Jaber! This man has changed my life in so many ways!
At 18, I was told I couldn’t have children because my heart wasn’t strong enough… but thanks to this man I am now able to have a family of my own.
I gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy, Freddie, who unfortunately passed – but if it wasn’t for Mr Jaber, I wouldn’t have had my son and those precious moments with him! So for that, I am truly forever grateful and can’t thank you enough.
I’m 26 now and getting married next year. I never thought this day would come – they told my Mum and Dad I wouldn’t live past 5 years of age. Thank you x
Poppy was diagnosed antenatally with Truncus Arteriosis. She had her repair at 4 and a half weeks old.
Without the amazing care of the hospital staff and this brilliant charity our beautiful, brave, happy, smiley little girl wouldn’t be here today
Maisie-rae is my inspiration. She was diagnosed with a large VSD at 6 weeks old.
She had open heart surgery when she was 3 years old and took it all in her stride! Thanks to the amazing heart surgeons and supportive staff at Leeds.
CHSF played a big part in my girls recovery, the playroom kept her going for those 5 days and without it she probably would have taken longer to recover – so thank you for all you do!
“My 5 month old nephew inspired me after being born with a rare condition & having 4 defects to his heart.
He had open heart surgery at 5 months old and needed to be rushed back to theatre 2 days after.
Even though Bartley didn’t survive, the Doctors and nurses did absolutely everything they could & deserve recognition.
We as a family thought the only way we could give back to the amazing Doctors, was to help raise money in Bartley’s memory & hopefully help other poorly children to keep receiving the best care and support – like Bartley and his family received.
You’re all amazing x”
This is my granddaughter who had open heart surgery by Mr Jaber.
He saved her life – thank you Mr Jaber.
Ezamaie La’rosoe is now 2yrs old!
This is Sebastian Beau Swift who was born on 31/07/2017 at the LGI.
We found out at our 20 week scan that Sebastian has Transposition of the Great Arteries, VSD and Coarctation.
He had his surgery at 6 days old and left the Children’s Congenital Heart Unit at 23 days old.
He is now doing amazingly well and never stops smiling, all because of the amazing care we received from the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.
I was inspired to become involved with Children’s Heart Surgery Fund by my niece, Nell Ollivant who was operated on at 8 weeks old for two severe holes in her heart.
This is Bertie. It’s been ten weeks since his open heart surgery for pulmonary atresia with VSD and he is sitting in the bluebells!
One of the pictures is with his twin sister in hospital when they were first born 💓💙 We are forever grateful to the amazing team in Leeds.
Mark, Sara and Aimee Worker are inspired by their son/brother Adam.
Adam is full of life and doesn’t let anything get him down. He talks about his scar all the time, he openly talks to his nursery teachers, friends and family about his experiences, what’s going to happen in the future and faces all appointments with courage and maturity beyond his three years.