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£19,730raised of £90,000 target by 705 supporters

Weʼre raising £90,000 to give Freddy a fighting chance at life with life saving heart surgery

Location
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Freddy is a cheeky 4 year old boy. However, he has a extremely rare
and life threatening heart condition.
At 4 months old Freddy had an out of hospital cardiac arrest. We were told that there was only a 6-8% chance that he would survive. If he did survive we were told he wouldn't be the child we knew.

But miracles happen and Freddy survived. Due to the amazing work of the paramedics and incredible CPR by our neighbour, Freddy is now 4, but still battling this horrid condition.

Freddy was diagnosed with a cardiac tumour- a Fibroma in his left ventricle. The tumour is 5 cm by 3.5cm. It makes up much of his heart wall and fills 2/3rds of his ventricle.

The tumour causes dangerous heart arrhythmias which make Freddys heart beat in excess of 200 beats per minute and can lead to sudden death by him going into cardiac arrest.

To date Freddys has had 3 heart surgeries and has a defibrillator implanted in his tummy.

There is no cardiac centre in the UK that have any experience in carrying out this surgery.

Cardiac tumours occur in only 0.2 percent of the population. They are completely random and is not a genetic condition. Most children present within the first year of life and unfortunately 33 percent do not survive.

Boston Children's Hospital in the US is the leading centre in the world. From 1990 to date they have managed 27 cases. Since 2013 they have successfully removed 7 fibromas in children whose life threatening rhythms have disappeared once the tumour has been removed.

Freddys arrhythmia burden is controlled by medication. However due to serious side effects of the medication this is not a long term solution.

Freddy now needs to go to Boston to have life saving treatment to remove the tumour. Having a poorly child changes you as a person. You do not dare to look into the future and  you live in the moment. You face the fragility of life everyday

So we now need your help to perform another miracle ❤❤❤

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  • Cathryn Vallender

    Cathryn Vallender

    9 days ago

    Cathryn Vallender

    Thankyou to everyone that collected at Summer Rock in Bridgwater over the weekend. You raised a massive £1065.00 ❤ Thankyou for giving up your time and to everyone that donated .#Miraclemakers #GetfreddytoBoston. The total now stands at £43,900 ❤❤❤❤❤

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  • Cathryn Vallender

    Cathryn Vallender

    19 days ago

    Cathryn Vallender

    Thankyou everyone for your continued support. I am pleased to say that we have reached £40,000 which is amazing. Please keep pushing the message far and wide and keep supporting up coming events. Thankyou miracle makers xxx

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  • Cathryn Vallender

    Cathryn Vallender

    25 days ago

    Cathryn Vallender

    It's been a busy weekend fundraising . Thankyou to the Ring O'Bells in Moorlinch, Gremlins carnival Club at Low Ham Somerset Steam and Cheeky Chimps scoot this week ❤❤ Today Freddy got to meet his hero , Mr Maker . He got to go on stage during the show and met him afterwards. One very very happy boy . Thankyou for your continued support and generosity , we appreciate everything everyone is doing to get us to Boston #Freddys Fight For Life

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  • RUTH ROGERS

    RUTH ROGERS

    Aug 17, 2017

    All the very best to you and your family and good luck with raising the money you need.

    £20.00

  • Jack Lewis-Clowry

    Jack Lewis-Clowry

    Aug 17, 2017

    I serviced a colleague of your husbands boiler and i play foot all with him he told me about your son i a just wanted to give something back i hope he get his operation.

    £40.00

  • Katrina Michael

    Katrina Michael

    Aug 16, 2017

    With best wishes to you and little Freddy x

    £25.00

  • The Geefest Crew

    The Geefest Crew

    Aug 16, 2017

    Hi Cathryn, Freddie and family,We would like to donate the proceeds of a music event we organised.Hopefully it's another step to help Freddie get to Boston!The Geefest Crew.

    £380.00

  • Georgie Willsteed

    Georgie Willsteed

    Aug 14, 2017

    Good luck and love to Freddy.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 14, 2017

    I wish you all the best in your difficult time. Thoughts and prayers always with you x

    £25.00

  • Chung Chun Pong

    Chung Chun Pong

    Aug 13, 2017

    Best of luck!

    £30.00

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Cathryn Vallender

Cathryn Vallender

Bridgwater, United Kingdom

Freddys Mum doing all we can to give our precious son a chance at life

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