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Raising money to help children with heart conditions
THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched an appeal to raise £30,252 for a piece of life-saving equipment for children being treated at Salisbury District Hospital.
The charity aims to raise the money for an echocardiogram machine, which produces a 3D image of the heart to help diagnose heart conditions.
The remainder of the £49,252 cost of the machine has been pledged by the hospital’s own charity, the Stars Appeal from its Caring for Kids fund.
Raising money to buy this piece of equipment for the Children’s Cardiac Department will mean that waiting times could be reduced to a month and 50 per cent more children could be treated.
Jenny Payne, mum of 18-month-old heart patient Ellie, said: “Nothing prepares you for the moment a doctor say’s your baby needs open heart surgery to save her life.
“At just eight weeks old we got the bombshell news that the main vessels in Ellie’s heart hadn’t divided properly and she needed surgery to survive.
“Ellie had her first echocardiogram that day to help doctors diagnose her condition. She had three more before her operation to make sure her surgery was a success. This piece of equipment really did help to save her life.”
To find out more about how you can support the appeal or to make a donation please call fundraising manager Alison Rosier on 01793 618273 or email email@example.com.
To find out more about congenital heart disease visit bhf.org.uk/congenital.
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