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Closed 28/02/2021

raised of £13,000 target by 296 supporters

    Weʼve raised £10,598 to help fund Joshua's Pectus Excavatum surgery

    Funded on Sunday, 28th February 2021

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    Joshua was born with a condition called Pectus Excavatum as well as rib flare (see pic). Pectus Excavatum is where the breast bone grows inwards due to overgrowth of the connective tissue that joins the ribs to the sternum. This in turn can cause the ribs at the bottom to flare outwards if severe.

    As Josh continues to grow this has become dramatically worse during his growth spurt and he has started to experience many symptoms. Pectus Excavatum can range from mild to severe, Joshua has been diagnosed with a moderately severe case earlier this year.

    Unfortunately in 2019 the NHS stopped funding this condition as they believed that it was only a cosmetic procedure. Although true in some milder cases, Pectus Excavatum can create pressure on the heart and lungs, causing cardiac and respiratory complications in more severe cases. Their decision to stop all funding for Pectus Excavatum has left many teenagers with hearts being crushed, literally by their own bones.

    Joshua's symptoms currently consist of pressure and pain on his chest, fatigue, shortness of breath (after exercise), lightheadedness, as well as his oxygen levels averaging at around 93%

    We have done so much research on this condition and the treatment available. We have found a doctor called Joel Dunning based in Middlesbrough who is happy to see Joshua on the NHS. Through doctor Joel Dunning, Joshua can be treated on the NHS right up to the point of surgery, at which point it is down to us to fund the operation. By doing it this way it will enable us to bring down the whole cost of the private treatment.

    The operation that will help Joshua is called the NUSS procedure, which is keyhole surgery. This is where metal bars are inserted between the sternum that will push his chest into a normal position. These bars are removed around 3 years later.

    The operation that is needed will initially cost £10,000 with an added £3,000 when the bars are removed.

    Joshua is 16 years old and has a massive interest in all things sport. He is planning on starting a sports course next September with the intention of working within the industry. Joshua's condition has now reached the stage where he feels that it is holding him back as his symptoms are becoming persistently worse. If we are able to fund this operation, Joshua would benefit greatly as it will eliminate his symptoms, improve his heart and lung function and enable him to pursue his passion in sport.

    Please feel free to visit and follow our facebook fundraising page

    Many Thanks for all your support.



    • Laura Crittenden3 years ago
      Laura Crittenden

      Laura Crittenden

      3 years ago

      Hi guys, Just a message to keep everyone updated. Joshua is booked in for his surgery this Wednesday 7th July. Tomorrow morning we heading to Middlesbrough, as Josh needs a covid test before being admitted to hospital on Tuesday. We plan to return the following Tuesday Again we would like to thank everyone for the kind messages, donations and support in raising these funds and making this all possible. It really is a life changing operation for Josh and we thank you forever from the bottom of our hearts! All our love Adam, Laura and Josh xx

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    • Laura Crittenden3 years ago
      Laura Crittenden

      Laura Crittenden

      3 years ago

      Hi all Just to let you know tomorrow our just giving page will be closed. Thanks to all you lovely people Joshua's first surgery is covered. It has been planned for josh's operation to happen the first week of July, but we are hopeful we can bring this forward a month or so. We have been blown away by all the support and donations and we'll be forever thankful to you guys. We will update on facebook with news of hopefully a very successful op for josh. Thanks again for giving Josh this opportunity, it means the world to us all! Adam and Laura x

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    Page last updated on: 7/4/2021 21.04



    • Margaret Wood

      Margaret Wood

      Feb 13, 2021

      Charitable payment for piano.


    • Jamie


      Feb 4, 2021

      To Nick, hope you get all the money you need, good luck jame Warrington


    • Anonymous


      Feb 3, 2021

      Dear Laura and Adam - I have only seen this now and was unaware completely- I hope you reach the target for the Surgery. All the best The Sullivan’s

    • David Gough

      David Gough

      Jan 28, 2021

      Good luck Joshua!


    • Charlotte/Ed Birch

      Charlotte/Ed Birch

      Jan 27, 2021


    • David Donovan

      David Donovan

      Jan 27, 2021


    • Nikki Price

      Nikki Price

      Jan 26, 2021

      Good luck with the fund raising


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