Max’s Grandparents were living in bliss in France. He’d even given up on the prospect of being a grandparent, but when the news of the pregnancy came about, he looked forward to watching his grandchildren climb trees and introducing them to the South of France.
Little did Richard know that a congenital heart defect was to follow. Max was born, and a few days later, underwent his first open heart surgery.
There he was safely cocooned in his oxygen capsule with pipes seemingly coming from everywhere and beeps and whistles sounding all around, I blubbered like a baby – how was this journey going to go?
That first Christmas, Max’s grandparents stayed in a car park and commuted to the hospital. But Richard did have to eventually return to France and did a lot of research on Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Slowly, Max’s brother also came to trust his grandparents, realizing that they didn’t want to get between them and their special bond.
Ultimately, Max’s grandparents decided to move back to England to support their family. Amidst the difficulty of Max’s Fontan, they contributed by making school runs, trips to the park, and helping with homework whilst Max’s parents were with him.
Apparently, Max is the apple of Grandmas eye and can do no wrong!
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