When Bo was just 1 year old, we took him to the doctors with a chest infection.
“You know he’s got a heart murmur don’t you?” said the GP.
“No, I’ve never been told that.”
“I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about but I’ll get you an appointment with a paediatrician.”
One visit to the paediatrician later and we are referred to the paediatric cardiology unit at Leeds General Infirmary, and a heart echo reveals that Bo has a hole in his heart, an atrial septal defect (ASD) and will need open heart surgery.
July 2013 – We went to see Bo’s surgeon to talk about what is going to happen. His ASD is more unusual than most, as it is right at the top of the heart. He was officially put on the waiting list.
October 2013 – I got a phone call from the surgeon’s secretary. Bo was booked in for surgery in 5 days!!
UPDATE OCT 2014: Bo has changed so much since his surgery. We spent a fortune on new clothes because he wouldn’t stop growing and he has so much energy. He is so brave! He will now have yearly check-ups and possibly a surgery for a different problem further down the line
As a thank you for the care and help we received while in hospital with Harrison we like to support The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund when we can – I walked on fire and raised £300 for them a week after Harrison came out of hospital!