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Running for Jessica

Running the Great South Run in memory of Jessica for Little Hearts Matter because they help support children with half a heart

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  • In memory of: Jessica George
  • Event: Simplyhealth Great South Run 2018, 21 Oct 2018

Little Hearts Matter

We offer support and information to anyone affected by half a working heart.

Charity Registration No. 1123290

Story

Jessica was born with half a working heart. Her heart condition was first discovered at the 20 week scan. At 22 weeks, her parents were told that her heart defect was so severe that she wouldn't be suitable for the life-saving surgery she needed after birth. In June 2011, at 28 weeks' gestation, Jessica had her first heart surgery in the womb - the surgery that gave her a chance to live. At 8 hours old, she had her first open heart surgery - the first of several heart surgeries which "replumbed" her heart to try to make it work as well as possible. Her final surgery was in December 2017 and she seemed to recover well from this, returning to school after the February half-term.


Jessica was unwell on and off for the last few weeks of her life with what seemed to be a viral chest infection but was being treated for this and we were hopeful that she would get better. Her sudden death on 14th April 2018 came as a huge shock.


Jessica's uncles Adrian and Pete and cousins Jamie, Jason and Lee will be running in the Great South Run this year in memory of a beautiful little girl who was full of smiles and full of joy and to help support a wonderful charity who help support other children like Jessica.


Little Hearts Matter is a charity that helps provide information and support to children who are born with half a working heart and their families. They have been a fantastic source of support throughout Jessica's life and continue to provide support to her family in their bereavement.



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