Weʼve raised £2,330 to help raise funds for PICU at the Freeman hospital. Without the amazing staff here, our baby Charlie would not have made it this far.
- Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 30th June 2018
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Our baby boy Charlie Douthwaite was born on the 2 October 2017. Charlie was born with a rare heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). HLHS is a condition where the left lower pumping chamber of the heart does not develop properly so is much smaller than usual. Treatment for HLHS requires a three-step surgical procedure called staged palliation. The 3 steps consist of the following procedures:
Norwood Procedure, Bi-directional Glenn Operation and finally the Fontan Operation. This was the planned route for Charlie, but after Charlie recieved the Norwood Procedure he suffered 2 cardiac arrests. Charlies heart stopped and needed massaged for 30 minutes by hand both times. Our baby boy was slowly losing his battle and doctors made the decision to place Charlie on the heart transplant list because stage 2 and 3, would not help, a transplant was Charlies only viable option. At the 11th hour we got the news that a heart had became available and at only 6 weeks old, Charlie would become one of the youngest babies, if not the youngest baby to recieve a heart transplant. We as parents were delighted that our boy was going to get the gift he desperately needed, but we were also devastated because we knew exactly what this meant, another family in their darkest hour reached out and saved our child. We will forever be grateful for your heartfelt, selfless act. Since Charlie recieved his new heart, our baby boy is still fighting with everything he has. Not only is Charlie recovering from a heart transplant but his left lung has collapsed twice in the past 2 weeks and he is also currently fighting off a serious infection. Without care and support from the staff here at the freeman hospital, Charlie clearly would not be here today. This is just our story, the staff here care for alot of families and children in a similar position to ours. The best way to repay these hero's is to help fund their amazing work. We will raise the target to raise as much as possible.
- 1 year ago
Steven Douthwaite1 year ago
We'd love to be able to give some thing back to the amazing team at the freeman hospital for the love and care they showed Charlie and our family daily. They gave us the best 6 months with our amazing warrior and he fought everything that was thrown at him. We'd be honoured to say our baby bear helped to give something back to help save others. Anything we raise over the target, would go towards a memorial bench or towards making his day as special and beautiful as him. 😙🐻💙 Thank you all so much please share for our beautiful warrior 💙💙💙
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May 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
As promised my donation to little charlie bears bench 💙💙💙💙
Apr 19, 2018
Dedicated to the bravest warrior I know and all the talented and passionate people around him. You went above and beyond to save him.
Apr 13, 2018
Wish it could be more. My heart aches for you all 💙
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 11, 2018
I have followed Charlie’s journey and shared the journey of his little life. You are all so strong and especially Charlie who fought so hard to stay with his amazing family. Sending love to you all.
Apr 10, 2018
In memory of a very brave boy who I have followed for quite some time. Lots of love to you Charlie xx
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
I am Steven, Charlies father. I will be forever grateful for the life saving work the staff do at this hospital. Best way I can think of to start repaying their amazing work is to start fundraising to help what they do.