Heart surgery

Halifax mum appeals to support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund campaign

The Fund is celebrating 10 years of its flagship Wear Red Day fundraising event tomorrow, Friday 4 February.

For over 30 years, the Fund has supported the Leeds Congenital Cardiology Unit, which treats patients from Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and the Humber and is recognized as a world-class center of excellence in cardiac care.

Two-year-old Max, who lives in Hipperholme, underwent open-heart surgery aged just four weeks. Her condition of Truncus Arteriosus was diagnosed following an abnormality on Amy’s scan at 20 weeks, and the family was referred to Leeds General Infirmary.

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Max O’Leary

Amy said: “Max underwent open heart surgery and was hospitalized for over a week. During this time he was in intensive care, a high dependency unit and then the ward.

“He will need more surgeries as he grows and currently has six monthly check-ups with the consultant.

“The support provided by the hospital and the Fund has been incredible. From their accommodation so we could be near our little boy during his recovery, toys and equipment in the ward, emotional support and of course a Katie Bear and medal.

“All money raised on Wear Red Day will go towards helping families like mine when they need it most to provide support during the most difficult times.”

Max O’Leary

On average, 13 babies every day in the UK are diagnosed with a heart defect – with more diagnoses later in life. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in the UK, affecting around one in every 100 babies born.

As part of Wear Red Day, Halifax’s historic Wainhouse Tower itself will turn red on Friday February 4 to help raise awareness of the initiative.

Supporters can register for Wear Red Day at www.chsf.org.uk/wear-red-day and will receive a free online pack with fundraising ideas and tips.

For SMS donations before or after the event, please text CHFWRD (plus any amount up to £20) on 70085.