Heart transplant

Teenager with heart transplant in St Leonards raises money for life-saving Royal Papworth Hospital


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Shelley Rowse with her son Billy Gladstone-Rowse pictured in their garden in St Leonards in June. SUS-210622-133012001

Billy Gladstone-Rowse, of St Leonards, fell ill with sudden heart failure at the end of March this year.

He was taken to Conquest Hospital and then transferred to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, where he was fitted with a BiVAD (external heart pump) to keep him alive until a suitable heart donor. is available.

He spent six weeks in the hospital before being released on his 17th birthday.

On Saturday October 2, Billy travels from De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to Hastings Old Town to raise funds for the Royal Papworth.

Billy’s mother, Shelley Rowse, said: “Billy got sick at the end of March. After two phone calls to 111 and the doctors, I decided to take Billy to Conquest Hospital on April 10th. He deteriorated very quickly and Billy was transferred to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday April 13.

“Billy was in heart failure. He was fitted with a BiVAD (external heart pump) to keep him alive until a suitable heart donor was available.

“On the morning of April 27, one year to the day, Billy’s 23 year old cousin saved the life of a young boy by being a heart donor himself, we learned that they had found a donor heart. for my son.

The teenager then underwent an operation lasting more than 10 hours.

Shelley added that her son was then fitted with a pacemaker on May 19.

She said, “Billy has only gotten stronger since his heart transplant. He’s doing really well and even managed a friendly soccer game recently and scored a goal, with only a few short breaks.

“I am very grateful to everyone at Royal Papworth Hospital, and of course the donor and Billy’s family who made the selfless decision to help my son. Without them, none of this would be possible. I will be eternally grateful.

A Gofundme page has been created by Billy and his family, which you can find at www.gofundme.com/e/billys-5-mile-walk.

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