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Running to say ‘thanks’

In mid-2012, shortly after her 21st birthday, Helen Doyle was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition called Atrial Septal Defect, after collapsing several times for no apparent reason. The news came as a huge shock to Helen, as she’d always been fit and healthy up till that point.

Pupils from Abbotsfield High School, in Uxbridge, were awarded £250 for our Charity in a national competition, after giving a persuasive presentation on why our hospitals deserve public support.

Max Boughtflower (pictured centre) was treated at Harefield Hospital and felt motivated to talk about the hospital following a successful four hour operation.

In his presentation, he mentioned how honoured he would be to win the prize and that it would a great way to thank the hospital for all that they had done for him.

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The condition was controlled and monitored for the next three years, but with symptoms significantly worsening it was necessary for Helen to have open heart surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital in January 2015.

Professor Shore and his team repaired two holes in her heart and sutured a leaky valve. She spent eight days in hospital and spent a further six months recovering although she will need to return to Royal Brompton for regular check-ups for the rest of her life.

Despite the traumatic time she has gone through, she only has good to say about the care she received:

“ The support I had when I was in hospital was second to none and I will forever be grateful to all the doctors, nurses, surgeons and consultants who have looked after me, and been very open and honest with me and my family through every stage of my diagnosis and treatment. The reason I am still here today is because of the incredible care, expertise and round-the-clock support of their staff and I want to give something back so that they can continue to help other people like me”

Helen now plans to run for the Charity in the Taunton Half Marathon (3rd April) and the Virgin Money London Marathon (24th April). The money she raises will help buy a new portable Echocardiography machine for Royal Brompton’s paediatric service.

Would you like to fundraise for us? Why not give our Community & Event Fundraisers a call? Alice Eastwood (Royal Brompton) 020 7351 8866

Joe Dunster (Harefield) 01895 828 820

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