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“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.”
“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 ❤”
“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 🖤“
“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”
“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”
“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.”
“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”
“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💙
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!”
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.