Mother and daughter thank hospital for lifesaving heart surgery
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A mother is fundraising for the the hospital that saved her baby by performing the same life-saving heart surgery that she herself needed when she was younger.
Bobbie Errington, 24, from Norwich, was born with a hole in her heart and had an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as a toddler to repair it.
Many years later her daughter Lexi-Alayah, now two-years-old, needed the same surgery – but GOSH again saw daughter through has they had done her mum.
'To see my daughter go through a same operation as I did was really hard,' said Miss Errington, who also has a four-year-old daughter called Laci-Mai.
'I couldn't imagine ever having to do something like this.
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'I now see and feel how my parents felt when they going through it with me.'
During Lexi's operations Mrs Errington and her partner, Jamie Moore, were able to stay near the hospital in accommodationfunded by GOSH Charity.
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'It took some of the stress out of it for me. When Lexi was recovering in the intensive care unit, I felt so reassured to be close by her.'
Miss Errington had to have extra scans while she was pregnant with Lexi to check her developing heart. But the conditions she was born with did not show up on the scans.
She said: 'I felt shocked, scared and just did not know what to do, it was a hard time but we just thought we have to get on with it and do what's best for Lexi.'
Lexi-Alayah had open heart surgery for the first time when she was 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 will be ongoing and she will need another operation in the future.
Miss Errington is now supporting GOSH's Charity Bake It Better fundraising appeal.
'To be raising money for this hospital means so much to us as a family because it saved our little girl's life,' she said.
'Raising money means we are not only helping the hospital and saying thank you, but we are also helping other families like ours.'
Miss Errington and her partner raised £1,200 for GOSH Charity last year after organising a football tournament.
For more information, and to sign up and request a Bake it Better fundraising kit, click here.