Family thank hospital for their daughter’s lifesaving heart surgery
PUBLISHED: 06:06 17 May 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
When she was born with a hole in her heart, the parents of this little girl did not know if she would survive.
But now at three years old and after two operations, brave little Lexi-Alayah is still fighting.
Having been discovered to have had a heart condition from birth, Lexi-Alayah had open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the first time when she was just four months old.
A band was put around her pulmonary artery but just two months later, she had to have a further operation to tighten it and fix some of the holes in her heart caused by her conditions.
Her treatment is ongoing and she is waiting for her third operation.
But now Bobbie Errington, 25, from Norwich, has been raising money with her partner Jamie Moore to thank GOSH for helping to save their daughter’s life.
Miss Errington said: “Knowing that our daughter had all these problems was a shock but knew we had to stay strong and help her through this.
“Over the last three years as a family it’s been very stressful and hard but we all keep strong to help Lexi-Alayah get through. She has an older sister, Laci-Mai who she plays with and learns lots from.
“We can never say thank you to the hospital enough for what they have done to help our daughter and for what they do, they have amazing surgeons, doctors and nurses.”
Lexi-Alayah will continue to have regular visits at GOSH, as well as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
This month the family will be holding a charity football match to raise £5,000 for GOSH’s charity.
It will take place on Saturday, May 26 at the FDC at Bowthorpe Park, Norwich.
Laura Savory, head of community fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “It’s really inspiring to see Bobbie bringing her local community together with this fantastic event, she’s raising vital funds to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at GOSH, and their families too.
“On behalf of everyone at GOSH Charity, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bobbie and her family and I wish them the very best of luck for the tournament.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lexi-alayah
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