“Without open heart surgery at just nine days old, Belle wouldn’t have survived.” - Hannah (Belle’s mother).
Belle was born with a condition called Truncus Arteriosus and without open heart surgery at just 9 days old she wouldn’t have survived. Belle had her second surgery in May 2017 and she will need ongoing care and surgeries for the rest of her life. There is no cure but thanks to the British Heart Foundation and the cardiology team at Bristol Children’s Hospital, there is a future.
In 1961, eight out of ten babies born with a congenital heart condition died before their first birthday. Thanks to BHF research, eight out of ten babies now survive to adulthood. Belle, now 9 years old, has been fundraising for the British Heart Foundation over the past two years with lots of different events, including donations instead of presents at her 6th birthday, golf days, bric-à-brac furniture sales and bake sales. Belle has set herself the challenge of raising £1000 for every year she has been alive and has lots more exciting fundraising ideas.
Since their foundation in 1961, the BHF has contributed to some of the biggest advances in heart disease research. From clot-busting drugs for treating heart attacks, to revolutionising pacemaker technology and pioneering medical procedures, just like the one that saved Belle’s life. In 2020, Covid-19 had a devastating impact on the BHF’s work. They have already had to cut their research in half, and now they urgently need your support to keep up the pace of progress.
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