It’s every expectant parent’s worst nightmare to receive the news that something has gone wrong with their pregnancy. At Laura’s 20 week scan, she learned that her baby had TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries). TGA is a serious but rare heart defect present at birth, in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed.
In 1961, 8 out of 10 babies born with a congenital heart condition died before their first birthday. Thanks to BHF research, 8 out of 10 babies now survive to adulthood. In March 2018, baby Florence was born. Within the first few weeks of her life she had a balloon septostomy, followed by ‘The Switch’ operation - a procedure pioneered by BHF Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.
“Thanks to the BHF, my daughter was able to have an operation that saved her life.” Laura (Florence’s mother).
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 Florence’s life. Now, two and a half years later, Florence is doing well and enjoying life to the full!
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.
Enter the Omaze Million Pound House Draw and not only will you have the chance to win a luxury London townhouse worth three million pounds and over 2,000 additional prizes, but you’ll also be supporting the British Heart Foundation’s life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases at a time when hearts need help more than ever. That’s what we call a win-win. So what are you waiting for? Enter now.