Siblings

Having a brother or sister with half a working heart can be tough, but you’re in the right place for support.

Being a sibling (brother or sister) of someone with a single ventricle heart condition can be really hard. Like any sibling relationship, there will be things around fairness, competition, reliability, and enjoying time together. However, when your sibling has a single ventricle heart condition, these feelings can be much more intense. You might feel like you want to have a “normal” life, but you might also want your brother or sister to get the right sort of support so they can have a “normal” life too.

As a sibling, you play a big and important role in the life of your brother or sister. Not only will you play a part in their social life, but you’ll probably also help your parents look after them, speak up for them, and help them learn and grow.

You can join our Zipper Chat which is a special forum just for our young members (this includes you!) so you can chat to other siblings about what life is like for you.

Why not check out Sibs, a charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults, where there’s lots of information and support specifically for siblings like you?

When you are younger yes you might feel jealous—I was at some points because I thought that Ella was getting all of the attention but as I grew older, I realised that it is about all of us and there is no point in being jealous because she needs more help than the average person and that makes her special. – Chloe, 17, Sibling

 

 

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    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.

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