The family of a baby boy born with a serious heart condition are raising money for the hospital that has been treating him.
Freddie McCormack was born with a heart defect that required him to have life-saving surgery when he was just a few days old.
The toddler, who has undergone three surgeries at Leeds General Infirmary in the last year, is now approaching his first birthday.
Freddie’s parents, Zach McCormack and Casey O’Neill, both from Thorne, are now fundraising for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary as a ‘thank you’ to those who treated their ‘little warrior’.
Freddie’s mum, Casey, told us: “Freddie was born with a very complex and severe heart problem. He has a very large hole in his heart (a ventricular septal defect) and a severely deformed tube a that sends blood from his hearts to his lungs (hypoplastic aorta).
At just six days old Freddie had his first open heart surgery. “It was successful”, said Casey, “but he struggled in the weeks after. He was treated for a severe stomach infection which is sometimes fatal if not caught.
“He also suffered from nerve damage in the left hand side of his diaphragm which stopped him from breathing properly, so at two weeks old he had another surgery to fix that. A week later he was treated for sepsis.
“Everything was against him but after five long weeks in hospital he was allowed home”, said Casey.
At six months old Freddie was back at Leeds General Infirmary again. He had outgrown his first surgery and needed another, quickly. This time he made a remarkable recovery and was sent home after five days.
“He will need more surgeries in the future as he grows and needs more energy”, said Casey. “The doctors do not think he will live past his teens, however everybody is hoping he defies the odds like he has done already”.
The family are currently planning a fundraising event, The Little Hearts Ball, to be held at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.
Casey said: “Please help us say thank you to the staff at Leeds General Infirmary and let’s raise as much money as possible for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund who are there to support families in need and provide life-saving equipment for the ward”.
Dad, Zach, added: “Without The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund our very own little heart warrior may have not been doing as fantastically well as he is right now, so we’d love for you all to join us and help raise as much money as possible to help keep saving the lives of babies, children and even adults who are born with congenital heart defects”.
The ball is being held at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 21 April from 6.30pm. Tickets are £35 each (or £300 for a table of ten) to include a three course meal and live entertainment. There will also be a raffle and auction on the night. Call Casey on 07856 058123 for tickets or further information.
You can also text CHSF01 £3 to 70070 to donate to the fund.