‘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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    Nominations are open for our next Brave Hearts Awards 🏅

    We know that a lot of our young people miss out on awards and trips at school and we feel that they, like every young person should be rewarded for what they learn and how they develop 🙌

    If you know of a young person with a single ventricle heart aged between 8-17 that has achieved and grown, take a look at our list of awards on www.lhm.org.uk/youth-zone/lhm-brave-heart-awards/ 👈

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    👋 Meet Archie, he is 7 years old and was born with Tricuspid Atresia (TA) a rare congenital heart condition. Archie had his Fontan procedure in September at the University Hospital Southampton, Ocean Ward. The aim of the Fontan procedure is to give a child as much energy as having only half a pumping heart will allow. If surgery has gone to plan the children will gradually recover from the operation and go on to gain far more energy than they had before. He had a longer stay than anticipated, due to a number of complications, but was discharged in October.

    ❤️ “The staff, nurses, doctors, consultants and surgeon were utterly wonderful and we can’t thank them enough. However, it was a consultant anaesthetist, Dr Andy Curry, who stood out in Archie’s mind. His bedside manner, and the relationship of trust that he managed to build up with our very anxious little boy, was astounding to watch. So, on ‘Dress as your Hero Day’ at school, Archie wanted to dress as his hero…”I want to dress as Dr Andy because he helped save my life and he’s my friend”…gulp” – Archie’s mum Charlene.

    😻 We have been blown away by this story. A month after coming home from hospital and Archie is raising a smile, dressing up as his hero and on his way to school. This is one strong boy, as are all of the children in the LHM family.

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