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In 2001 I became the proud and lucky parent of twins Riley and Cara. During the pregnancy abnormalities were discovered with Riley's heart and numerous hospital visits followed.
After 31 weeks, on the 28th June 2001, at the Liverpool Womens Hospital, the twins arrived. This filled us with both excitement and concerns as not only were there complications but they were also 9'weeks from full term.
Riley was 4lb and Cara 3lb 7oz, both tiny babies but miracles of life.
Cara was allowed home after she'd done a little growing, however Riley was transferred to Alder Hey for the operations needed to save his life.
After 2 weeks of his little life he underwent an operation to open a valve in his heart. This was successful and gave him the time needed to grow and build strength towards his major surgery to mend his heart.
Finally on the 6th November, after two cancelled operations the time came for him to have his open heart surgery. During this time and the 27hrs he was in theatre, we were given a room in the Ronald McDonald House. This provided a home from home atmosphere where we could try and relax, having the option to stay for as many days as needed.
Riley's operation was successful however the pressure in his lungs was too great for him to be taken back off the heart and lung machine that was keeping him alive. He sadly passed away on the 7th November 2001, aged 4 1/2 months.
Our thanks were given to the staff and nurses at Alder Hey who helped both Riley and us at the time, however it has always been an ambition to raise money for the charity that gave us the support at the hospital.
The Ronald McDonald House charity at Alder Hey supports the families of children in the hospital, providing facilities and a place to get some needed rest. Knowing that your close by should anything happen is massively important and this is provided with just charity donations.
Please give generously and help me raise the funds required to help this charity continue with the great work they are doing for families with children in hospital.
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