Story

Charlie Eoin James Jones was born on 12 May 2009 to very proud parents, Donna and Dean Jones. At his 20 week scan, he was diagnosed as having a Coarctation of the Aorta and possibly 22q Deletion Syndrome (aka DiGeorge’s Syndrome).

A subsequent scan at 28 weeks clearer images now showed that he had Aortic Stenosis with a possible CoA. Other than his heart problems, he was growing fine in his mummy’s tummy and the doctors asked to see them again at 36 weeks.

 

 

It was at this scan that it was evident that Charlie’s heart had got significantly worse than at 28 weeks and the decision was made that it was time for him to be born. Following 22 hours of an induced labour, Charlie was born. However, Charlie was very poorly and was immediately taken to be stabilised on a resuscitation unit and then on to the Neonatal Unit at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.

He was transferred by the Southampton General Hospital’s PICU retrieval team at around lunch time and at around 2pm, the decision was made that Charlie needed urgent lifesaving cardiac surgery. He was due to have cardiac catherization for Atrial Septostomy (this is essentially where they make a hole between the top two chambers of the heart) and Pulmonary Artery (both sides) banded (tiny rubber bands are placed on the tubes that come out of the heart, towards the lungs; to reduce the amount of deoxygenated (blue) blood). However, they tried for several hours to unsuccessful do this and decided the only way forward was to complete it via open heart surgery. He was 12 hours old.

Donna finally got to see her little boy 24 hours after he was born on PICU. She and Dean were told at 36 hours old that Charlie may not survive the night but thanks to the staff and determination of Charlie, he did. It was somewhere in the early days following Charlie’s birth that Donna and Dean were told that Charlie had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and it was explained to them what the condition meant. At 2 weeks old, they finally got to hold Charlie.

Charlie fought so hard and his first stay on PICU didn’t run smoothly but eventually, at 4 weeks old, he made up to Ocean Ward at Southampton General Hospital. This is the specialist children’s cardiac unit. His first stay on Ocean Ward was a brief one as just one week later, the surgeons and consultants decided Charlie should have Stage One. Also known as the Norwood Procedure.

Charlie had his Stage One on 15 June 2009 and he bounced back so quickly. He only stayed in PICU for 5 days this time before going back to Ocean Ward.

At 7 weeks old, he was discharged home. A day that his parents thought would never come. He was discharged with a NG Feeding Tube but true to Charlie’s character, he pulled it out 5 days later. As if to say ‘I don’t need that anymore’; the hospital were happy as he was bottle feeding well.

Charlie was discharged on various different medicines - Captopril, Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Frusemide, Domperidone and Ranitidine.

Charlie began to grow and he stunned everyone with his excellent progress. On 17 September 2009, he went for a routine Cardiac Catherization, to check the function of his heart, internally. They found that he function was good but would discuss with the surgeons about when to do Stage 2. However, like us, they anticipated it would be sooner rather than later.

Charlie had a follow up appointment at the cardiac outpatients’ clinic on 29 September 2009 and was again given the all clear. Surgery hadn’t been discussed at this point but earlier insight was it would be within a month or two.

On Thursday 1 October 2009, the day started like any other. It happened to be Dean’s day off from work so after his morning bottle, it was cuddles in bed as a family. At 9.30am, Charlie suddenly took a turn for the worse. Despite CPR by Donna, the Ambulance Crew and the resuscitation attempts by the PICU doctors in attendance at A&E; there was nothing more that could be done. Charlie was placed in his mummy’s arms as they extubated him and allowed him to become an angel and the brightest and biggest star in the sky.

Charlie’s post-mortem showed that he went in to quick heart failure caused by HLHS.

Six weeks after Charlie’s death, Donna and Dean found out they were pregnant. Sadly, Kian Aden James Jones was born at 17 ½ weeks gestation and his post-mortem should he also had HLHS but a different variant as well as other complications.

Both Charlie and Kian are buried together.

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We fund raise to buy equipment, fund major projects and help towards buying a new ambulance for the Childrens Intensive Care unit at Southampton General Hospital. Caring for critically ill children from the south of England and Channel Islands.

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Thank You, Such An Amazing Lady , Sending Love xxx

Donation by Laura & Poppy-Renae x on 20/02/14

£5.00

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Donation by Amber Povey on 26/01/14

£10.00

Thank you so much for the beautiful images you created for my children. Fly high little Charlie and Kian. xxx

Donation by Helen Louise on 14/01/14

£10.00

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Thank you.

Donation by Anonymous on 17/11/13

$30.00

Keep up the good work x

Donation by Donna D on 13/11/13

£5.00

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Just a little something until payday. My daughter also has HLHS.

Donation by Kirsty on 11/11/13

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your story s so heartbreaking, i lost my baby boy last week because of HLHS.

Donation by katie on 11/11/13

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I would be so greatful if you could do a heart for my son Ben Want

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Thank you ❤️

Donation by Tara xx on 09/11/13

£10.00

The money is sent with lots of love and admiration for Donna for doing such a brilliant job in memory of Charlie - Oakley, Shane and myself thank you personally for all the support you have given us.

Donation by Courtney Fisher on 09/11/13

Sending love & light to you all. Thanks for the heart xxx praying for your strength and Godbless your charity xxx

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Donation by Katrina Cunnington on 09/11/13

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Just a little something. Will donate some more on pay day. Such an inspirational story xx

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Donation by Caroline, Craig and Christopher Masson on 06/11/13

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Donation by Anonymous on 13/01/13

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Super well done Donna on throwing yourself out of a plane! Hope you enjoyed it. Congratulations also on all your fundraising. xxx

Donation by Amanda Wakely on 31/07/12

£10.00

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Well Done! Haven't got far with my challenge!Good Luck hun xxx

Donation by Andrea Fudge on 31/07/12

£10.00

What a brave and inspirational mum you are!your story made me cry. You should be so proud of your fundraising, I hope you reach our target. Xxx

Donation by Laura Blake (WW at Pavillion) on 27/07/12

£20.00

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Well done and good luck

Donation by Alan Britnell on 22/07/12

£25.00

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Good Luck, your boys will be so proud....such a brave family. Lots of love, John, Nat and boys x

Donation by Natalie Munro on 22/07/12

£20.00

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Hi Donna Good luck for your brave dive today. You don't know me but I'm Julie fishers mum. well done babe.xxxxx

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