Heart transplant

Heart transplant patient walks from Winchester to Southampton

A heart transplant patient raised thousands of dollars for charity after walking from Winchester to Southampton.

Twyford resident Robbie Burns, 50, traveled a total of 13 miles between the two towns, the equivalent of a half marathon for the benefit of Wessex Heartbeat.

In 1970, he was born with a birth defect called large artery and ventricular septal transposition, which means that the two main arteries carrying blood from his heart were switched.

He underwent two open heart surgeries as a child, but then graduated from the University of Southampton, joining the NHS as a graduate financial management trainee.

However, in 1997 Robbie’s heart problems began to cause concern and after having had countless outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests, procedures and stays at Southampton University Hospital, he was diagnosed with heart failure. terminally ill.

After a difficult year, with continued IV drug therapy, Robbie was added to the urgent transplant list, before undergoing the operation in June of last year.

Now, however, having struggled with his condition throughout his life, he is giving something to the people who have supported him after raising £ 8,000 through his sponsored walk.

After taking on the challenge in 2020, Robbie chose Heartbeat House, the Wessex Heartbeat ‘home’ for families of hospital patients, as the finish line.

He said: “It is thanks to the support I received from the Southampton Cardiology Department and Wessex Heartbeat, that I was able to complete this special fundraising walk with my wife and supportive companions.

Robbie was joined by his wife, Tamsin, cardiologists Katrijn Jansen, Peter Cowburn and Aisling Carroll and 90 other walkers for the challenge.

He added: “To be able to complete it with my wife, some of the consultants who treated me, friends and former colleagues were just the icing on the cake.”

Robbie’s fundraising page can be found here.

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