A Mothers Plea

Monday the 15th of January 2007 is a day that will haunt me forever. This was the day when Nick and I were told that our 3 week old son was almost at the brink of death. This was the day when we were all transported from York to Leeds General Infirmary to face the worst time of our lives. Nothing on earth could have prepared us for the trauma that followed.

Four years later as I sit watching that same little boy tuck into his ice cream my joy is tinged with a great sadness. The Government is proposing to close children’s Cardiac Units such as the one at Leeds General infirmary, to force distraught families and critically ill children to travel further for treatment. They are putting these fragile lives at further risk and cranking up the pressure on their already overstressed parents. Why?

Alex’s heart was ‘broken’. He was lucky to have access, FAST access, to a team of dedicated staff and surgeons who fixed him. So why is the Government trying to ‘fix’ something that isn’t broken?

Look carefully at this picture

What do you see?

I couldn’t look at this picture for a long time but, now that lives are being put at risk, it’s significance hits me.

Longer distances mean longer transfer times and a higher risk that, for some children, will make all the difference between life and death. It doesn’t take a genius to work it out.

This picture is Alex, post-op, hooked in the Special Care Baby Unit and his picture is full of Hope. Because he made it to the hospital in time. Had he not, then this picture would never have existed.

And what Hope is there in a headstone?

read more on Alex’s story here http://tinyurl.com/37njyo4

sign the petition to save children’s Cardiac Surgery here


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lairdglencairn
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 09:20:13

    only me tagging onto your blogs 🙂


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