When we found out we were going to have our first child
together, there were tears of joy.
It was something we spoke about, but couldn’t really believe
it would happen, so after countless scans and opting to have a planned
When the day was upon us, 15th May, it was with excitement knowing we were about to have a new boy/girl in our family. When he
Julius-Vale was born he looked so healthy, even if a bit purple.
Sadly within 24 hours our world was to be turned upside down
when his SATS readings were extremely low.
Suddenly he was put into an incubator and rushed from Durham University Hospital to the RVI in Newcastle for further tests.
An overnight stay and a consultation later, we were sent to
Freemans for surgery after it was explained to us that Julius had in fact
transposition of the great artery which required open heart surgery, where it had its chances of complications.
Signs of him being a fighter were evident when he had 3 episodes of SVT, when a heart rate doubles up beats. After the third episode the doctors decided he was to have the complex operation as soon as possible, as he was considered strong enough for the major surgery, being full term. Before the operation took place, we were given
a consultation on the risks and success rate, which to hear was terrifying, by this point we were at an all-time low seeing our gorgeous new child nil by mouth waiting for his operation. Our new
baby was now in the capable hands and expertise of the staff at the Freeman.
I cannot thank them enough for the help, support and care we
received in the Freeman it was of an unbelievable level, from the porters to the surgeons who saved his life; they made our pain somehow bearable.
Fast forward to now as you can see, he is nothing like he
was 3 months ago, and that is because of the dedication of the team at the Children’s Heart Unit and for this we
will be forever in their debt.
We are hoping to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit
Fund who buy equipment, facilities, provide aftercare and continue their
research for the Children’s Heart Unit.
Thanking you in advance for any donation you could make to
this wonderful charity.
Scott, Antonia, Marcus, Niamh and Julius