Malia and I will be walking 117 miles for Tiny Tickers and to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects. 117 miles is the distance from our house in Plymouth to St Michaels Hospital in Bristol where Malia was born. We will start this during Heart Month (February) and aim to complete this by Malia’a first birthday; 9th September.
Malia was diagnosed with TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries) at our 20 week scan. We are incredibly fortunate to have found out about her heart defect. If the sonographer didn’t pick this up on that day, there is a high chance that Malia wouldn’t be here. Tiny Tickers were a huge support to us during this time. They are working hard to find research and provide support for families and children with CHD.
Why Tiny Tickers?
A baby is born with a serious heart condition every two hours in the UK and despite congenital heart disease being one of the biggest killers of infants, only around half of congenital heart defects are picked up during routine prenatal scanning.
With your help we can provide a safety net for the 1,000 babies each year that leave hospital with their heart defect undetected, increasing detection rates, improving a baby’s chances of survival and long-term quality of life.