‘Our Little Soldier’- Sarah’s Story

My husband Dave and I found out at our 20 week scan that we were having a boy. We did not anticipate the news that would follow. The sonogram showed that our baby had a heart defect but without further scans they could not see what. Several days later just after Christmas 2009 we were … Continued

‘I think this stuck hard with me after he died…’- Stephen’s Story

After sadly losing their little boy Sean (4) through complications after surgery, Stephen recalls feeling completely broken. Sean was brave and confident, and demonstrated these through his adoration of swimming. When he was in hospital, Sean said that he would never swim again. I think this stuck hard with me after he died, the guilt … Continued

‘There Is Always A Light To Move Towards.’ – Tracy’s Story

Tracy has kindly shared her story about losing her little girl, Orla Tracy and Tom were excited to go for their 20 week scan for their first child. Their excitement, they recall, was brought crumbling down when they found out that their daughter would be born with Hypoplastic left Heart Syndrome, a cleft lip and … Continued

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    If you are booking your summer holiday you might like to look at our Travel and Trips booklet to help with your planning. It is full of tips and ideas for how you can make sure you have a great time but also keep your heart warrior safe. www.lhm.org.uk/information/lifestyle-information/travel-and-trips/ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Children with half a working heart catch colds and coughs just like other children of the same age but of course when you already have a reduced energy level and less oxygen travelling around your body it can knock the children for six. Parents may notice that their child is a bit more cyanosed, a bit bluer, and that they may be a bit more breathless than normal. Keep the children well wrapped up and snug and warm, give them Calpol if their temperature is high, keep the fluids going, small amounts of nourishing food every couple of hours and lots of opportunity to sleep will all help a child recover. HOWEVER, if they have a high temperature for a couple of days or their breathlessness or colour becomes worse take them to the GP for a check-up. If the infection is Viral there will be no point in antibiotics but if the GP thinks antibiotics will help they will be prescribed. If you are worried at all always get your child checked by a doctor. ... See MoreSee Less

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