‘He’s The Apple of Grandma’s Eye’- Richard’s Story

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!

To read more about Richard and Max, click here.

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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.

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